Terrorist Attacks on 9/11 Case Study
The attacks of 9/11 changed the way that the world, and especially the United States, views and reacts to terrorism. The four coordinated attacks were thought out and launched by an Islamic terrorist group known as al-Qaeda. These attacks killed almost 3,000 people and caused close to 10 billion dollars in damages. The casualties and costs are considerably high if the fight against terrorism and those that have fought in the war on terrorism are taken into account. The attacks were focused on the North and South World Trade Towers, the Pentagon, and an unknown target. The unknown target is thought to be Washington, D.C. but it never occurred due to the passengers of the hijacked airliner causing it to crash in a field in Pennsylvania and never reaching the true destination.
The 19 Islamic terrorists that carried out the attacks on 9/11 were in the United States about a month prior to carrying out and completing the well thought out attacks. From August 11, 2001 to September 11, 2001 a time line has been created showing each terrorist actions in carrying out several different tasks. Their actions would presently raise red flags and lead authorities to believe they may be participating in terrorist planning activities. (Ross, 2014)
During this time in America, the media was reporting news about things such as shark attacks, wild fires, and a missing congressional intern by the name of Chandra Levy. This is also the same time they were beginning to be suspicious of potential problems with the company, Enron. At this time, there were only a few Americans that had ever heard of al Qaeda, let alone Osama bin Laden. The Unites States had previously experienced terrorist attacks but nothing like they would experience on September 11, 2001. (Ross, 2014)
At the same time that “American Pie II” was the top movie in the box office, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was in Moscow talking about missile defense issues with Russian leaders, President Bush was attending a major league baseball game as well as a Republican fundraiser, and the 19 Islamic terrorists were planning, training, and purchasing the details and merchandise that will prepare them for the attack that was carried out. (Ross, 2014)
On August 13, 2001, the hijacker Zacarias Moussaoui raises suspicion when he begged the flight simulator trainer to have lessons to learn to fly a 747 jet at the Pam Am International Flight Academy. He paid for the lesson in cash at the cost of $6,800.00. Two days after this suspicious occurrence, the FBI began an intelligence investigation on Moussaoui due to the flight instructors reporting their concerns. That same day, CIA Counter-Terrorism Chief, Cofer Black, tells the Defense Department at a convention that we will be attacked soon, killing many Americans possibly occurring on U.S. soil. Orders for Moussaoui to be deported from the United States are completed on August 17, 2001 and the...