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.
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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,
Show MoreThe September 11th attacks were caused by terrorists hijacking United States’ (U.S.) airplanes and flying them into major U.S. landmarks. Terrorists are people who use violence to achieve political goals. One of terrorist’s goals is to create political change by establishing fear in a society in which they despise. They accomplish their goals using fear against the government. The targeting of innocent victims and significant places has been the preferred method of terrorism rather than larger terroristic attacks. Terrorists have used many different tactics. In the 1960s, many terrorists participated in bank robberies and hijackings. Currently, tactics used include kidnapping, murder, arson, train robberies, bombings, and one of the most…show more content…
The fire chiefs of New York ordered firemen to evacuate the north tower. However, the firefighters did not receive the information to evacuate and were unaware of the danger. This resulted in the death of many firefighters. The second plane was a United Airlines plane which left from Boston and crashed into the south tower of the World Trade Center. The south tower collapsed after fifty-six minutes. After the planes crashed into the buildings, there was a dreadful fire. Instead of burning to death, over fifty people jumped from the windows to their death. Post September 11th, pictures were found of the people falling and were later called the Falling People. Also damaged in this terroristic event was the World Trade Center building number seven. Building number seven incurred a gaping hole which was ten stories tall. The World Trade Center attack affected not only the World Trade Center but everything around it. The World Trade Center attack affected every building in the surrounding area. The attack only hit the World Trade Center but was recognized immediately by Time Square, Trinity Church, Gateway Plaza, and many more. The American Airlines plane was originally going to Los Angeles and had ninety-two people aboard. The United Airlines plane was also destined for Los Angeles and had sixty-five people aboard. In this horrific tragedy, a total of 3,307 people perished in New York City alone. This included firefighters, passengers on the aircrafts, and workers and