Aftermath of 9/11; Congress Acts Essay

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On September 11, 2001 a national tragedy struck the nation. The terrorist group, al-Qaeda, hijacked 4 passenger airlines and performed multiple suicide attacks at locations such as New York and Washington, D.C. This event struck fear in the American people as this was the largest event that caused the highest lost of lives from a foreign attack on the country. Following the event, the national government was forced to act quickly. The incumbent president at the time, George W. Bush, was left with a difficult task on how to deal with this threat and possible future threats. He worked with Congress to come up with multiple measures they could implement to prevent future events of terrorism. In the documentary “Are We Safer”, Richard Clarke …show more content…
The DHS decided to fix that problem by funding and building fusion centers throughout the nation. Information from federal databases to local police forces would all be connected and analyzed at these centers. On paper, the fusion centers provide a new and efficient way for the nation to deal with future terrorist threats. However, in application, there are numerous occurrences where the fusion centers have been ineffective in actually preventing terrorism. On December 25, 2009 Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab attempted to detonate explosives on board a passenger airline. National Counterterrorism Center Director Michael Leiter said “Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab should not have stepped onto a plane on Christmas Day. The counterterrorism system collectively failed and I along with Director [of National Intelligence Dennis] Blair and Secretary [of Homeland Security Janet] Napolitano and others want to tell you and the American people the same thing we told the president, that we have to do better” (qtd. in Voice of America). The Fusions that the DHS heavily funded did not prevent this act of terrorism and what’s more is that it was normal citizens that stopped the bomber from accomplishing his goal. Investigations later revealed because his name was misspelled, the fusions could not connect the data they had on him and he was able to not raise any red flags (Are We Safer).
Another event with much similar results is the Times Square bomber on May 1, 2010. An attempt on setting a

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