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Interview Project: 9/11

September 11 Terrorist Attacks on the Twin Towers

September 11 Terrorist Attacks on the Twin Towers

“Yeah, there was definitely concern [about additional attacks]. We didn’t know how many planes it would be… how many attacks there would be.”

“The strange thing was, we didn’t know who did it. So it’s hard to know what your response should be.”

“It drew everybody together quite a bit… everybody was united. The whole country was under attack and the whole country was rallying and united to respond.”

“There is a fear that attacks could happen in this country, different from the homegrown attacks we have had before. Having an outside attack like this, especially on this scale, created a lot more fear for a lot of people.”

On September 11th, 2001, four airplanes were hijacked by members of an Islamic extremist group known as al-Queda. Each plane had been strategically selected for its transcontinental voyage, which meant an abundance of fuel. Two of the planes crashed into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, one hit the Pentagon in Washington D.C., and the last was reclaimed by passengers who flew it into the ground in Pennsylvania. A handful of the 19 terrorists had been living in America for over a year and all were members of al-Queda. The mastermind behind the day’s attacks was Osama bin Laden, head of the terrorist group. The atrocity claimed the lives of more than 3,000 individuals, 400 of whom were policemen and women and firefighters. Approximately 10,000 other people were treated for injuries ranging in severity. The attacks forever changed our nation.

President at the time George W. Bush addressed the confused and devastated nation at 9:oo P.M. with a message of strength, claiming “Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.” Bush launched Operation Enduring Freedom to destroy Bin Laden’s terrorist network located in Afghanistan on October 7th. While the operation effectively removed the Taliban regime from power, Osama Bin Laden survived. On May 2nd, 2011, Bin Laden was tracked down to a compound in Pakistan and eliminated under President Barrack Obama.

Security measures have since increased dramatically, especially surrounding air travel. Metal detectors, random NSA checks, and baggage screenings have been introduced to all airports around the country. The government also employed more intensive and secretive security checks, listening into phone calls, reading emails, and opening mail of those on specific watch lists. Concerns have arisen that, in an effort to protect Americans from potential terrorist threats, the government has overstepped their boundaries and violated the Constitutional rights of the American people.

Above is actual footage and audio of the second hijacked airplane crashing into the World Trade Center. At this point, the first plane had already empaled the initial tower and chaos ensued in the streets of New York City below. The report is from MSNBC on September 11th, 2001.

Further Readings:

KQED: How 9/11 Changed America

History: 9/11 Attacks

Works Cited:

1.) @whowhatwhy. “Explosive Saudi 9/11 Evidence Still Ignored By Media – WhoWhatWhy.” Who.What.Why. N.p., 06 Feb. 2015. Web. 03 Sept. 2016. <http://whowhatwhy.org/2015/02/06/explosive-saudi-911-evidence-still-ignored-media/>.

2.) “George W. Bush – Address to the Nation on 9-11-01 – The Rhetoric of 9/11.” George W. Bush – Address to the Nation on 9-11-01 – The Rhetoric of 9/11. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Sept. 2016. <http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/gwbush911addresstothenation.htm>.

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