American Government's Reaction To September 11

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The September 11th attacks did leave a mark on the United States. The world watched the media account of the tragic events as they were captured by digital and print media. The author in this article explores different aspects of the tragedy to analyze the both Australian and American thoughts and understanding of the events. She has broken it down into categories: the aftermath of the attacks, interpretations of the attacks, and challenges that impeded existing structures of representation. Questions of how the attack was viewed, and how the terrorist evoked terror and mass terrorism are reviewed. In essence Western civilization was forever changed after September 11th 2001. The events of September 11 did leave something other than destruction and loss of lives. More than structures were demolished, a nation was forever changed. The attacks were so blind siding that, according to McMillian (2004) “…no retaliatory acts action was commenced during this 72-hour period against the suspected terrorist or the group to which they were linked, namely Osama bin Laden’s Al-Qaeda network in Afghanistan” (p. 2). How can this be explained? Did the United States really knowingly harbor terrorist, or was the United States blind-sided. Either way it is not an easy pill to swallow. According to the reports the pilots were trained in America. A war was created against terrorism, the target Afghanistan. Starting in early January 2000, the “planes operation” formation would begin in California. Nawaf al Hazmi and Khalid al Mildhar would arrive arrived in Los Angeles under the order of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM). He was the organizer of the “planes operation”, and he instructed those under him what to and not to do to draw any unnecessary attention to themselves. They enrolled in English-language classes immediately so there would be no problems with later attending flight schools. They both made acquaintances at the King Fahd mosque. Mohdar Abdullah was an acquaintance from the mosque and took them places and assisted with translations. They attended various flight schools, and had been considered poor students by one of their flight instructors. In February 2000 Hazmi and Mihdhar would relocate to San Diego and an apartment was leased by a friend because Hazmi and Mihdhar try to pay the $9000 deposit in cash, but the real-estate agent refused the cash. In March 2000, Mihdhar moved to another apartment only to quickly move again. By May 2000 the pair had found a room to rent in the home of one of their mosque acquaintances. Mihdhar moved out after one month and returned to Yemen. KSM was not in agreement with Mihdhar’s decision to return to Yemen because he feared it would compromise the operation. In the summer of 2000 the Hamburg group started to arrive in the United States to begin pilot training. The group consisted of: Marwan al Shehhi, Mohamed Atta, Ziad Jarrah, and Zacarias Moussaoui would enroll in a flight school in the U.S. later that summer. All of...

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