The Impact of September 11, 2001 Essay

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On September 11, 2001 a series catastrophic events occurred in New York City, New York. Al-Qaeda planned strategically conducted events, known as suicide attacks. Nineteen al-Qaeda members hijacked four commercial airplanes, including United Airlines Flight 93, American Airlines Flight 11, American Airlines Flight 77 and United Airlines 175. Two of the planes purposely crashed into the World Trade Center buildings. In addition, another plane crashed into the Pentagon in Arlington, VA. and the fourth plane crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Those passengers on the fourth plane, United Airlines Flight 93, attempted to win control over the plane; however, there were no survivors. To understand the impact of September 11, ("9/11 by the…show more content…
In addition, the FBI accused Bin Laden of creating al-Qaeda to promote Islamic Fundamentalism and force non-Muslims out of Muslim countries. Additionally, on October 12, 2000, suicide bombers in Yemen attacked U.S. Navy destroyer USS Cole, killing 177 sailors; Bin Laden accused of coordinating attack. In a report (Brush) on May 17, 2002, entitled “What Bush Knew Before Sept. 11,” states those months prior to the attacks, the former president received information that Bin Laden’s al-Qaeda would hijack U.S. planes from a document called the President’s Daily Brief. This document did not elaborate on the attacks; however, the potential damage to the pentagon and several other government buildings arose. Initially, Bush informed federal agencies, but not the public. However, once he placed domestic agencies on terroristic alerts, he publicly announced his plan; furthermore, leading some officials to believe that al-Qaeda changed their initial plans. Failure to communicate is often to blame for September 11. On August 7, 2006, (O'Connor) the Alternet explored the lackluster communication between U.S. government and the American public. According to the report, the Bush administration un-necessarily withheld essential information when it could have prevented the attacks. Another theory presented (Richman), states the Bush administration would have never been capable of stopping September 11. According to the writer, the attacks were foreseeable,
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