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September 11, 2001...The New Day of Infamy
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September 11, 2001
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The view on 9-11 from Jersey City
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The September 11, 2001 attacks consisted of a series of coordinated terrorist suicide attacks upon the United States, predominantly targeting civilians. That morning, terrorists hijacked four commercial passenger jet airliners. American Airlines Flight 11, a Boeing 767-223, wide-body aircraft crashed into the north side of the North Tower of the World Trade Center (WTC) at 8:46:30 a.m. local time. United Airlines Flight 175, a Boeing 767-222, crashed into the South Tower at 9:02:59 a.m. local time. Both towers collapsed shortly thereafter. The pilot of the third team crashed American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia. Passengers and members of the flight crew on United Airlines Flight 93 attempted to retake control of their plane, which ended crashed into a field near the town of Shanksville in rural Somerset County, Pennsylvania.
There were 2,973 fatalities: 246 on the four planes, 2,602 in New York City in the towers and on the ground, and 125 at the Pentagon. Among the fatalities were 343 New York City Fire Department firefighters, 23 New York City Police Department officers, and 37 Port Authority police officers. 1366 of those New Yorkers were at or above the floors of impact in the North Tower (1 WTC). As many as 600 people were killed instantly or trapped at or above the floors of impact in the South Tower (2 WTC). An estimated 200 people jumped to their deaths from the burning towers.
In addition to the 110-floor Twin Towers of the World Trade Center itself, five other buildings at the World Trade Center site, including 7 World Trade Center and the Marriott Hotel, two New York City Subway stations, and St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church were destroyed or badly damaged. In total, in Manhattan, 25 buildings were damaged and all seven buildings of the World Trade Center Complex had to be razed. Two additional buildings were later condemned: the Deutsche Bank Building across Liberty Street from the World Trade Center complex, due to the uninhabitable, toxic conditions inside the office tower and Borough of Manhattan Community College's Fiterman Hall at 30 West Broadway due to extensive damage in the attacks.
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AMERICA UNDER ATTACK
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From his new book, Philip Shenon uncovers how the White House tried to hide the truth of its ineptitude leading up to the September 11 terrorist attacks. In the American summer of 2001, the nation's news organisations, especially the television networks, were riveted by the story of one man. It wasn't George Bush. And it certainly wasn't Osama bin Laden.
It was the sordid tale of an otherwise obscure Democratic congressman from California, Gary Condit, who was implicated - falsely, it later appeared - in the disappearance of a 24-year-old government intern later found murdered. That summer, the names of the blow-dried congressman and the doe-eyed intern, Chandra Levy, were much better known to the American public than bin Laden's.
Even reporters in Washington who covered intelligence issues acknowledged they were largely ignorant that summer that the CIA and other parts of the Government were warning of an almost certain terrorist attack. Probably, but not necessarily, overseas.
The warnings were going straight to President Bush each morning in his briefings by the CIA director, George Tenet, and in the presidential daily briefings. It would later be revealed by the 9/11 commission into the September 11 attacks that more than 40 presidential briefings presented to Bush from January 2001 through to September 10, 2001, included references to bin Laden.
And nearly identical intelligence landed each morning on the desks of about 300 other senior national security officials and members of Congress in the form of the senior executive intelligence brief, a newsletter on intelligence issues also prepared by the CIA.
The senior executive briefings contained much of the same information that was in the presidential briefings but were edited to remove material considered too sensitive for all but the President and his top aides to see. Often the differences between the two documents were minor, with only a sentence or two changed between them. Apart from the commission's chief director, Philip Zelikow, the commission's staff was never granted access to Bush's briefings, except for the notorious August 2001 briefing that warned of the possibility of domestic al-Qaeda strikes involving hijackings. But they could read through the next best thing: the senior executive briefings.
During his 2003 investigations it was startling to Mike Hurley, the commission member in charge of investigating intelligence, and the other investigators on his team, just what had gone on in the spring and summer of 2001 - just how often and how aggressively the White House had been warned that something terrible was about to happen. Since nobody outside the Oval Office could know exactly what Tenet had told Bush during his morning intelligence briefings, the presidential and senior briefings were Tenet's best defence to any claim that the CIA had not kept Bush and the rest of the Government well-informed about the threats. They offered a strong defence.
If the Bush Administration had been more aggressive in dealing with the threats flooding into the White House from January 2001 through to September 10, 2001, the plot could have been foiled. The Clinton administration could not duck blame for having failed to stop bin Laden before 2001.
But what had happened in the White House in the first eight months of George Bush's presidency had all but guaranteed that 19 young Arab men with little more than pocket knives, a few cans of mace, and a misunderstanding of the tenets of Islam could bring the US to its knees.
(The Commission - The Uncensored History Of The 9/11 Investigation by Philip Shenon at The Sydney Morning Herald)
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More than 90 percent of 9/11 survivors from the World Trade Centre hung back to complete tasks such as shutting down computers and using the bathroom instead of immediately evacuating, a new report claims.
Researchers from three UK universities spent over three years interviewing 271 survivors who had worked in the twin towers on September 11, 2001, finding that just 8.6 percent evacuated when the alarm was raised.
An incredible 91.4 percent stayed back to find out what was happening or to complete tasks such as changing shoes, phoning family members or collecting personal items. The majority of survivors delayed their escape by eight minutes, while some waited up to half an hour before evacuating.
The research, conducted by the Universities of Greenwich, Ulster and Liverpool, also found that over 7,500 people would have been killed if the north tower had been at full capacity during the attacks — five times the official death toll of 1,462.
The report has been released just days before the seventh anniversary of the terror attacks, and included over 6000 pages of survivors' accounts of trying to escape the buildings. Congestion in the buildings' stairwells was the main contributor to delayed evacuations, even though the towers had less than a third of their usual occupancy.
"Other people were coming in… the stairwell from whatever floor they had come from… (the travel speed) slowed down dramatically," one survivor told researchers.
"We stopped at (floor) 55, right there, because there was obviously a lot more people".
"We were running down the first five stairs, 'boom, boom, boom, boom, two stairs at a time sometimes".
"We we got to 55 we couldn't do that because we would plough into people".
(By ninemsn staff at Integra Fire Services)
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12 September 2001, the "Sueddeutsche Zeitung" wrote about a terror series in the USA. Within 18 minutes two airplanes crashed into the World Trade Center and some time later a plane crashed into the Pentagon and exploded in a field next to Pittsburgh. In reaction to that all US-airports were closed, the US army was set on highest security level and the NATO headquater was evacuated. One hour later the two towers of the WTC collapsed. Inside both planes that were hijacked by the terrorists there was a total of 266 passengers. The number of victims in New York can go up to thousands. The US goverment blames Osama bin Laden to be the leader of the islamists that are supposed to stand behind the attacks.
13 September 2001, NATO declared the collective case of defense and ensured the USA support for the military actions the american president Bush mentioned in his speech. The german chancelor Schröder offered the US support too.
In the same time the FBI arrested several people in Florida. After listening to a telephone call they think to 90 percent that Osama bin Laden stands behind the attacks. Bin Laden sayd that he was not involved in the planings of the attacks.
The Taliban goverment offered nagotiations to the USA if they have proofs for bin Ladens fault. And they warned the USA not to attack Afghanistan.
While that the number of victims of the terror attacks is still not sure, but the rescue teams found 9 living persons.
14 September, 2001, American and German investigators achieved first results concerning the search for the brains behind the terror attacks: Most of the hijackers were pilots, that were trained in the US. The four planes were redirected from groups with three to six terrorists. They were armed with knifes and threatened the passengers with bombs. A spokesman of the Whitehouse confirmed that the fourth plane was determined to hit the airplane of President Bush. Three of the 24 hijackers obviously lived in Hamburg for a certain time. Prosecutors began to investigate the suspected terroristic community there. They found out that at least two of the three were on board a plane. According to the US government Osama bin Laden is responsible for the terror attacks. The Secretary of State of Germany, Joschka Fischer, said that the US should react prudent on the attacks.
15/16 September, 2001, During the preparations for a big military strike the United States are taking precautions against new terroristic acts. The congress gave Bush freedom of choice for a military action.He approved a resolution about the use of all necessary and appropriate methods against the terrorists. The Pentagon announced that there will be a campaign and not a single action.The Taliban threatened the US with a "Holy War" in case they were attacked. But the Americans can count on a big support from the NATO, Russia, China and the willingness of Arabian states to fight the Islam Terror.
17 September, 2001, Bush asked the Americans to prepare for a long and difficult war therefor tenthousands of US-soliders have been prepared for action. He said there will be several hits without battlefields or landing stations and he mentioned for the first time that the islamistic Osma bin Laden who is supposed to be in Afghanistan to be one of the main suspects.
The weekend before Bush had talked to his security-advisors about the fight against terrorism.
The presidential speaker Art Fleischer says that nothing could be closed out even not the use of groundforces. 35000 reservists ( people who have been in the army and absolved a military training.) have been called for logistic tasks at military bases in the USA. The British Prime minister Tony Blair says that there should be no retaliation without thinking before.
Parkistan and India made sure that they would give Washington extensive help regardless of the threats of the Taliban. Those had sayd that there would be war with the neighbours wich support the USA. They might also call out a holy war against the USA. The USA had asked Parkistan to allow the flight over their country and collect US-troups near the boarder to Afghanistan. India supports the FBI with important informations about military trainig camps of bin Laden. Iran and Parkistan closed their borders because the enormous number of refuges wich are suspected to come the next days. The United Arabic Admirats want to think again about their relations to the taliban ( with Pakistan and Saudi Arabia they have been accepting the Taliban regime before ). Tadschikistan has forbidden the USA to use their area. Russia prepares ist 201 armydivision in Tadschikistan for battleactivity.
Bin Laden said once more that he had no part in the attacks in the USA and at the moment there is no hot trace to him. Also the speculations about a terroristic organisation of islamistic fundamentalists that exists in westgermany have been refused. In USA and europe there have been at least 4 warrents of arest.
The US-Vizepresident said that bush gave the order to attack the kamikaze airplanes with F-16 Battlejets shortly after the attacks. The Washigton Post wrote that 12 minuts after the first attacks on the World Trade Center the US-aeronautics authority tried to warn the airwepon ofan airplane flying fast towards the Pentagon. But the message reched the ministery of defense to late.
In New York voluntary helpers are still searching for victims. 5097 people are still missing.
18 September, 2001, One week after the terror-attacks Afghanistan prepares for vengeance-attack by America. On both sides of the boarder between Pakistan and Afghanistan troops have been collected. The Taliban-government has closed the airspace for foreign airplanes. Intercession-conversation of a Pakistani government-delegation with the Talibans finished fruitlessly. Pakistan wants to persuade the Taliban to the delivery of Osama bin Laden and to prevent the American attack but without success. Ten thousands Afghans are on the escape in direction of Pakistan and Iran. The government in London asked all Brits to leave the boarder area in Pakistan just like the foreign ministry in Germany. The Iraq warns the Arabic and Islamic states from working with the USA because the attacks would be an inner issue of the USA. The government heads of the EU want to discuss how there should be reacted on the attacks. Anti-terror specialists from Germany Belgium France and the Netherlands already met in Brussels. The Federal Criminal Police office in Germany searched again apartments however without result. Gerhard Schröder says that the fight against terrorism should not be only military and political but also cultural. We have to think about the basic structure of terrorism. The attacks shouldn’t lead to a cultural war.
19 September, 2001, after the impacts in the United States, President George W. Bush was searching for a worldwide coalition against the terrorism. Retaliatory strikes could hit the Taliban Regime in Afghanistan that allows Osama bin Laden to stay in their country. Chirac visited Bush as the first head of state after the terror-attacks. He assured the US solidarity and support. Under the pressure of mass-demonstrations of thousands of Islamists a pakistanic delegation in Kabul tried to move Mullah Mohammed Omar, the leader and religious head of the Talban, to hand over Osama bin Laden. But they did not succeed.
20 September, 2001, the German government in Berlin decided to raise the taxes for starting an anti terror campaign. The planed 3 billion dollars will be used for developping the inner security and for anti terror actions. The parliament also decided to support the USA with military help in case of an counterstrike. For getting the money, the tobako and security taxes are going to be raised. The money is will be used for the secret services, the boarders police and the army.
They also added an new paragraph that says that the support of criminal unions in foreign countrys is going to be punished.
The CSU said that the inner secutity has to work with harder measures, but representatives of the “Gruenen” reminded not to endanger the rights of freedom.
21 September, 2001, The prime suspect of the terror attacks in the US, Osama bin Laden, is supposed to leave Afghanistan voluntarily according to the will of Islam scholars. The Taliban government announced that their leader Mullah Mohammed Omar, who has the final decision over bin Laden, will follow the advice of the scholars. In the case of American attacks they threatened with a Holy War. Unimpressed the United States continued their preparations for the battle against terror.
Leading foreign politicians informed themselves in the US about the American plans and US President Bush requested their direct or indirect help for the intended military action against terrorists. The German Secretary of State, Joschka Fischer, promised Bush the absolute solidarity of the German government. The French President Jacques Chirac wants the United Nations to place themselves on top of the fight against the terrorists. He said it would be a long engagement that goes beyond militaric actions. Saudi-Arabia also assured the US of their support. They told the Secretary of State of the US that terrorists have to be chased merciless but they also warned of a global revenge on the Arabic world.
In Brussel the EU nations try to pass an anti-terror-program today, that will be linked with the efforts of the US to build a worldwide coalition against terror.
22/23 September, 2001, the fear of war and a recession caused a temporary panic at the stock markets. In Germany, the DAX fell 7 % and reached the lowest level since the end of may 1997. The main cause for the incidents was the fear of a military assault of the US as an answer on the terror. Traders said that uncertainty was poison for the market. In the afternoon the stock prices recovered due to a positive beginning on the Wall Street. Nobody knows today what the future will bring, but it is quite sure that there will be a recession in the short term.
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The Bankers Trust building
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In the last few decades the tendency has increased to make the words "Arab", "fanatic", "Moslem" and perhaps "terrorist activities" exchangeable. One example for that was the 31st October 1999: An Egyptian plane on its way from Egypt to America crashed into the Atlantic, with 217 people dead inside. Americans were sure about the fact that the pilot was an Egyptian fanatic who wanted to commit suicide, though the Egyptian government showed a picture of the pilot with his daughter at Christmas. But nothing could change the American opinion. It’s as if the responsible people and the media had wanted his worst nightmare of the American people to become reality. Now normal American citizens have had to pay dearly for that.
Americans do not think that they could have enemies. Foreign affairs are no topic for the press which means that the American public is not very interested in them. But Americans should rethink foreign affairs, their attitude to the international criminal court and to the Kyoto – agreement, their share of the poverty and the suffering of the Iraq people, their bomb – attacks on Libya and Sudan and, of course, their position in the long - lasting Israeli – Arab conflict.
The bombing in recent wars with other countries (e.g. Golf war, Yugoslavia) were very popular in America itself, but they often were political and strategic disappointments. They didn’t really hit the enemy troops, they mostly hit the civilian population and because of this the hatred against the United States increased.
(SZ editor at mueehe.muc.kobis.de)
The attack on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Pennsylvania on September 11th 2001 has deeply shocked America and the rest of the world. No event since the bombing of Pearl Harbour has caused such a threat to Americas freedom, peace and its sovereignty. Not even experts of terrorism would have dared to expect such a vast devastation. In the whole history has never happened anything compareable to September 11th. With the complete destruction of the World Trade Center – which is a symbol for economical and cultural strength – and with damaging the Pentagon – the center of military power – America has been struck in their most sensitive point. Even behind the bombing of Oklahoma City was assumed to be more than just a crazy act by a loner. Bombings on embassies in Africa and on the worship Cole in front of Jemens coast should have shown the upcoming danger but it wasn’t recognized. If America identifies the offenders, their retaliation will be very hard. The expansion to an international conflict is more than likely. The attack first hit he Bush administration, then the world economy. It is likely that America will now stick to its isolation-politics.
("America Is At War!", Süddeutsche Zeitung Sept. 12th 2001 at mueehe.muc.kobis.de)
43rd President of the United States
In office January 20, 2001 – January 20, 2009
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After the attacks on September 11th 2001 President Bush has to face the most important task to lead a nation which needs a President who makes the right decisions for the right reasons. It is very important to punish the people who are behind the assaults on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon but there needs to be done more than that. By not returning to Washington D. C. right afterwards the attacks, signs of weakness in Mr. Bush’s behaviour came up in the minds of the American people. So his administration had to spend much time to overcome this impression. Both the president and the members of his cabinet declined to take any questions about these frightening events which left the nation alone. The president’s place would’ve been to show support to his nation and especially to New York. Bush does not need to reorganize his government but he does need to reach out to the Democratics for ideas and support in this matter. Changing the priorities on defense and security might be a difficult challenge. A task like this can only be solved successfully by transcending politics. He must convince the nation that he really knows what he is doing and well understands the consequences. His decisions have to be smart as well as principled. To earn the country’s confidence he should appear frequently in public and not be afraid to answer questions unlike in the first hours and days after the assults. Just as Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Gov. George Pataki f N.Y., showed up quite often in public and it was often enough that they admitted that they did not know all the answers. Mr. Bush should get business leaders and economic experts together at a table to show that he will do anything to restore the nation’s financial center get back on track. Even though he is still at the beginning of his presidency, he well enough understands the situation of his country. Finally Americans in each case stand behind their president and give him more than their support
("Demands of Leadership", New York Times, September 13th 2001 at mueehe.muc.kobis.de)
At least after the bombings on the US embassies in Kenya and Tansania 1998, is Osama bin Laden one of the most wanted man in America. The western civilization wonders, what the reason for bin Laden´s immense hate is. In an interview he gave in 1998 before the bombings in Africa, he declared the jihad against the US and explained the reasons for his hatred. He said the symbolic participation of the western forces to support the Jewish and Zionist plans for expansion fo what is called the Great Israel, is to support the oppressive, corrupt and tyrannical regime there. For over half a century, Muslims in Palestine have been assaulted and robbed of their honor and property.
He said america heads the crusade against the Islamic nation, sending thousands of its troops to the land of the two Holy Mosques. Over and above, he added, they meddle in the affairs and politics of the Islamic nation.
He complained that the US rip them their wealth, resources and oil and that they kill his brothers and compromise his honor. He said that the wrongs and crimes that are committed against the Muslim are far greater than can be covered. He also says that today´s wars there are no morals, and the terrorism he practice is directed at the enemys of Allah. The turning point in his life was as his family built runways in Saudi-Arabia for the US to fight against Sadam Hussein. He couldn´t belive that his parents made a deal with the disbelivers, at that time he left his family and Saudi-Arabia.
In the year 1931, a man called Mohammed Bin Laden and his two brothers came from Hadramut in Yemen to start a new live in Dschidda at the red sea (Saudi Arabia). He founds a small construction company and got self employed.
After the war the company could get one of the biggest companies in Saudi Arabia. However, Mahammed became the royal architect of the saudi arabian king.
When the Oilboom started during the 50´s, Mohammed got a ton of large-scale projects from the king. He renovated the holy shrines of Mekka, Medina and Jerusalem, built mosques and palaces.
1968 Mohammed died in an air crash. About a dozen of his 54 children, leaded by Salim Bin Laden, overtook the fathers empire. They expanded the company and so it became one of biggest companies in Saudi Arabia. That was during the 90´s. They started to produce anything that could bring in money. Today the SBG is present in about all arabian countries, in the USA, Malaysia, the UK and also Germany. The SBG has subsidiary companies all over the world. There is no clear Enterprise strategy. They build malls, hotels, mosques and airports, do real estate business, have transport enterprises and lead fashion shops. Besides they sell phones and refreshment beverage, produce car accessories and furnitures, air conditioning system and clothes.
For a short period they also entered the telecommunications business. The group bought shares from the American Iridium project, that built a worldwide network for satellite telephones. Unfortunately Iridium had to announce bankruptcy in 1999, after it had lost billions of Dollars.
The Group also appeared as a sponsor for several things like the formula one Williams Team during the 70´s. At least twice the Clan donated money to the Harvard University in Boston. That was after a member of the family completed its law studies.
The Group has further connections to western companies like Audi, VW and Porsche, who sell their cars in Saudi Arabia over the SBG. The american Citibank is a housebank of the Group. Further the Group has shares of Motorola. The dutch ABN Amro bank holds 40% of a Saudi-Bank, that is under Binladin control.
At the beginning of the 90´s the good reputation of the Bin Laden family was damaged. Osama Bin Laden, who fought a few years in the Afganistan war, started to to show his hate against the Saudi Arabian royal family. He called to resistance against King Fahd, because the king supported the USA during operation "Desert Storm" and let them into the holy land. In response to this the king made Osama leave the country.
With four wives and about 300.000.000 Dollars he moved to Khartum in Sudan. There he got the support of the sudanese leader Hassan Al-Turabi, also a very religious muslim. In Sudan Osama and some of his old friends from the war against the Soviet Union in Afganistan founded new companies, the Hirja Construction or the Karthum Tannery for example. But behind these firms he also started to build Training Camps for terrorists and bought weapons, computers and phones. He also tried to buy uranium to produce a bomb, but this plan failed. Most of this dark business was done over the import-export-company Wadi Al-Akik. It was the headquarters of the whole Al Qaida group. The work of the group is devided in four sections: study the islamic religion, finance, military and media (Newspaper Naschra Al-Achbar). The function of all these companies was tosupport Al-Qaida with money and hide the trade with arms.
1998 the United Staates bombed a factory of the Al-Schifa group that is apparently linked with Al-Qaida.
(Benjamin Stehle, Thomas Rohowsky, Florian Gassner at mueehe.muc.kobis.de)
As the events of September 11, 2001, demonstrated with brutal clarity, the terrorist threats facing the United States are formidable. Between 1991 and 2001, 74 terrorist incidents were recorded in the United States. During this same time frame, an additional 62 terrorist acts being plotted in the United States were prevented by U.S. law enforcement. As troubling as these statistics are, they only hint at the full scope of the terrorist threat confronting U.S. interests. For every successful terrorist attack mounted in the United States, nearly 20 (19.83) anti-U.S. attacks are carried out around the world. Between 1996 and 2001, these overseas attacks killed 75 Americans and wounded an additional 606.
In contrast, the three major terrorist incidents of 2000 and 2001 continued a trend in terrorism tactics and methodologies that began in the 1990s, in which terrorists have sought to inflict massive and indiscriminate casualties within civilian populations. In the 1990s this was evidenced in the 1993 bombing of New York’s World Trade Center by international terrorists and the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing perpetrated by domestic terrorists, the latter of which received a measure of legal closure on June 11, 2001, with the execution of Timothy McVeigh. The three major terrorist attacks against U.S. interests during 2000 and 2001 also resulted in numerous deaths and serious injuries. Two of these were acts of international terrorism carried out under the auspices of the Al-Qaeda terrorist network, which already in the mid 1990s had emerged as the most pressing international terrorist threat worldwide. These attacks by Al-Qaeda were the suicide bombing of the U.S. naval destroyer USS Cole and the coordinated suicide attack using four hijacked U.S. commercial aircraft as missiles on September 11, 2001. The attack on September 11, which claimed more lives than all previous acts of terrorism in the United States combined, was the first successful act of international terrorism carried out in the United States since the bombing of the World Trade Center in February 1993. The third lethal terrorist incident during this period involved the sending of the biological agent anthrax through the U.S. postal system during fall 2001. These anthrax mailings represented the first fatal terrorist use of a biological agent in the United States. The investigation into the anthrax mailings continues, and they as yet remain unclassified as either a domestic or international terrorist incident.
These major incidents, and the continued commitment of terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda to attempt acts of mass destruction, led the FBI and U.S. Government to strengthen existing counterterrorism measures and initiate new procedures at the end of 2001. On October 7, the U.S. Government initiated military action in Afghanistan to destroy the Al-Qaeda training facilities in that country and to overthrow the illegitimate Taliban regime that had provided Al-Qaeda with support and safehaven since 1996. On October 10, the FBI established a Most Wanted Terrorists List of 22 names to focus global attention on indicted terrorist suspects involved in the commission of acts of terrorism against the United States. On October 26, the U.S. Government enacted the USA PATRIOT Act--legislation that has been instrumental in helping law enforcement counter the terrorist threat. On October 29, the interagency Foreign Terrorist Tracking Task Force was created to deny known terrorists and their supporters entry into the United States and to track them should they gain entry. In December 2001 the FBI merged the analytical resources of its Investigative Services Division into the Counterterrorism Division to improve its ability to gather, analyze, and share critical national security information with the broader Intelligence Community and the FBI’s law enforcement partners. At the beginning of the 21st century the problem of terrorism has become a global one, and the FBI continues to improve the capacity of its counterterrorism program to accurately assess and effectively counter the dynamic variety of domestic and international terrorist threats.
(Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Department of Justice)
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Arlington, Va. (Sep. 14, 2001) -- Aerial view of the destruction caused (above) when a high-jacked commercial jet crashed into the Pentagon on Sep. 11th. The terrorist attack caused extensive damage to the Pentagon. American Airlines FLT 77 was bound for Los Angeles from Washington Dulles with 58 passengers and 6 crew. All aboard the aircraft were killed, along with 125 people in the Pentagon. U.S. Navy Photo Courtesy of DoD Photographer Tech. Sgt. Cedric H. Rudisill.
Arlington, Va. (Sep. 14, 2001) -- This aerial photograph of the Pentagon taken on Sep. 14, 2001 (above), shows some of the destruction caused when the hijacked American Airlines flight slammed into the building on Sep. 11. The terrorist attack caused extensive damage to the west face of the building and followed similar attacks on the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. American Airlines FLT 77 was bound for Los Angeles from Washington Dulles with 58 passengers and 6 crew. All aboard the aircraft were killed, along with 125 people in the Pentagon. DoD photo by Tech. Sgt. Cedric H. Rudisill.
New York, N.Y. (Sept. 14, 2001) -- Days after a Sep. 11 terrorist attack, fires still burn (above) amidst the rubble of the World Trade Center. U.S. Navy Photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Jim Watson.
New York, N.Y. (Sep. 14, 2001) – Personal effects were hastily abandoned (above) when buildings were evacuated in the wake of the Sep. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Jim Watson.
New York, N.Y. (Sep. 14, 2001) -- Cars and motorcycles lay motionless (above) among the wreckage of the World Trade Center, which was destroyed during the Sep. 11, 2001 terrorist attack . U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Jim Watson at slagheap's photostream.
New York, N.Y. (Sept. 15, 2001) -- A rescue dog is transported out of the debris of the World Trade Center(above). The twin towers of the center were destroyed in a Sept. 11 terrorist attack. U.S. Navy Photo by Journalist 1st Class Preston Keres. (slagheap's photostream)
Ground Zero, New York City, N.Y. (Sept. 16, 2001) -- A lone fire engine at the crime scene(above) in Manhattan where the World Trade Center collapsed following the Sept. 11 terrorist attack. Surrounding buildings were heavily damaged by the debris and massive force of the falling twin towers. Clean-up efforts are expected to continue for months. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Photographer's Mate Eric J. TIlford. (slagheap's photostream)
Ground Zero, New York City, N.Y. (Sept. 17, 2001) -- The twin towers of Manhattan's World Trade Center had been a prominent feature in views such as this one of the Statue of Liberty (above). The World Trade Center collapsed following the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the structure. Surrounding buildings were heavily damaged by the debris and massive force of the falling twin towers. Clean-up efforts are expected to continue for months. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Photographer's Mate Eric J. Tilford.
Ground Zero, New York City, N.Y. (Sept. 17, 2001) -- An aerial view (above) shows only a small portion of the crime scene where the World Trade Center collapsed following the Sept. 11 terrorist attack. Surrounding buildings were heavily damaged by the debris and massive force of the falling twin towers. Clean-up efforts were expected to continue for months. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Photographer's Mate Eric J. Tilford.
Ground Zero, New York City, N.Y. (Sept. 17, 2001) -- An aerial view (above) shows only a small portion of the crime scene where the World Trade Center collapsed following the Sept. 11 terrorist attack. Surrounding buildings were heavily damaged by the debris and massive force of the falling twin towers. Clean-up efforts are expected to continue for months. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Photographer's Mate Eric J. Tilford.
New York, New York (Sep. 19, 2001) -- "Ground Zero" at the World Trade Center disaster (above). U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Aaron Peterson. (slagheap's photostream)
Arlington, Va. (Feb 6, 2002) -- Reconstruction of the Pentagon (above) continues nearly around-the-clock as construction crews pour cement for floors and walls on to replace those damaged in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the building. DoD photo by Grant Greenwalt.