The Attack On Pearl Harbor

2762 WordsJan 10, 201612 Pages
There are two important dates that reside in the American history in the last century: the Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 and the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001 (as referred to as September 11th, or 9/11). On these two dates, the surprised events attacked on American civilians and military personnel. Both horrific events have many similarities and many differences in regards to who carried out the attacks, what the objectives were for the attacks and the American response after these infamous dates occurred. In December 7, 1941, the nation of Japan audaciously attacked the U.S. naval fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; whereas, the 9/11, a terrorist organization utilized U.S. civilian aircraft to attack the Pentagon, New York, and intended to attack targets in the nation?s Capital (the last plane crashed into a field in rural Pennsylvania after the passengers attempted to retake control of their plane from the terrorists). The U.S. government responded to Pearl Harbor and the 9/11 with Congressional commissions to provide full accounts on how these fateful events transpired and used the data to make changes within the Intelligence Community (IC) in hopes to prevent future such attacks. The Roberts authority, which focused on the events of Pearl Harbor, precipitated the creation of the OSS or Office of Strategic Services in 1942, the precursor to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Similarly, the 9/11 Authority appealed to Congress

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