The Attack On American Soil Since Pearl Harbor

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The 2001 terrorists attacks mark first attack on American soil since Pearl Harbor. Following the attacks, the United States vowed to destroy al-Queda. Soon after, the United States would establish Military Commissions to prosecute suspected terrorists. As the Military Commissions have evolved, legal scholars and critics of military practices have challenged the constitutionality of the Military Commissions since the beginning of the war. Those who participated in the terrorist attacks have been detained and some are still awaiting trial. The day following his swearing in, President Obama honored his vow to close Guantanamo Bay as his first order of business. He drafted E. O 13492, which would close the detention center indefinitely.…show more content…
The 2001 Terrorist attacks, orchestrated by Khalid Sheikh Mohammad (KSM), are and will forever be stamped into the min of the American people. Prior to the attack, from April through June 2001, al-Qaeda sent thirteen hijackers to the United States and supported their stay (Indictment, Section 19(a-f)). From May through September 10, 2001, the hijackers took flight classes, studied commercial fight patterns, meeting with al Qaeda official overseas in efforts to plan the terrorist attacks. The attacks were carried out on September 11th, 2001, when Mohamed Atta, Abdul Aziz al-Omari, Wail al-shehri, Waleed al-Shehri and Satam al-Suqami flew two separate planes into the two towers of the World Trade Center killing 2,976 people (Indictment Sections 20-22). After being captured, KSM along wit four others was indicted in the United States district Court of Southern New York. KSM was charged in violation of Title 18, Section 2332b(a) of the United States Code. Title 18, Section 2332b(a) prohibits “conduct transcending national boundaries and in a circumstance described in subsection (b). Section b states, “creates a substantial risk of serious bodily injury to any other person by destroying or damaging any structure, conveyance, or other real or personal property within the United States or by attempting or conspiring to destroy or damage any structure, conveyance, or other
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