September 11 Essay

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MHE503 Module 2 – Case Assignment 1

MHE503 Module 2 – Case Assignment 1

America Will Never Forget

TUI University

1st Quarter of 2013

MHE503 Module 2 – Case Assignment 1

America Will Never Forget

Question 1:

Within the framework and vulnerability analysis, what were the pre-911 indicators that a possible disaster (terrorist attack) might occur?

September 11, 2001

On the morning of September 11, 2011 at 8:46 am the 1st plane hit the World

Trade Center’s North Tower in New York City, New York. At 9:03 am, 17 minutes later,

the second plane hit the South Tower. At 9:37 am, 34 minutes after the 2nd plane hit the

South Tower; the 3d plane hit the Pentagon between Corridor 4 and 5 in Washington,
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The plan was for the North Tower to collapse into the South

Tower bringing them both down, killing 1,000s of people. This plan failed killing only 6

people and hurting over a 1,000.

Bombing of the U.S.S. Cole

On October 12, 2000 the U.S.S. Cole docked in Yemeni to refuel. A terrorist

drove a small boat up by the ship, and set off a bomb. “The blast ripped a 40-foot-wide

hole near the waterline of the Cole, killing 17 American sailors and injuring many more”

(FBI, Uknown, pg 1). Before the ship was attacked it was under threat condition Bravo,

meaning that the ship was operating under a higher readiness alert against terrorist. This

brought concern to not only the navy but also congress.

MHE503 Module 2 – Case Assignment 1

1993 World Trade Center Blast 1998 Embassy 2000 U.S.S. Cole Bombing
Damage Bombings

Question 2:

Could the strike have been pre-empted? What factors if changed may have pre-empted the strike?

Pre-empting September 11th

Hypothetically, September 11th could have been pre-empted. However, the plan

and the organization of Al Qaeda was so complex that it would have been very

difficult to stop.

Osama bin Laden

According to the 9/11 Commission Report Osama bin Laden was under

surveillance for a very long time. There were many opportunities to take him out.

But he was never killed, because of
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