9/11 Terrorist Attacks and US Response 9/11 Terrorist Attacks • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kw4hJ70Cnts • As you watch the video, you will need to create a timeline of events for the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks Processing the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks • Bird’s Eye View – You will draw a before and after bird’s eye view of Ground Zero, showing changes in • Environment • Land Use • Population Department of Homeland Security • Mission Statement: – We will lead the unified national effort to secure America. We will prevent and deter terrorist attacks and protect against and respond to threats and hazards to the nation. We will ensure safe and secure borders, welcome lawful immigrants and visitors, and promote the free flow of commerce. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrp bqXeLLdw Department of Homeland Security Involves: • Immigration • Natural Disasters • Counter Terrorism(War in Afghanistan) • Secure Borders • Emergency Preparedness • Airport Security • Wire tapping • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) • Secret Service • Cyber-Security/cookies • Phone records Put a √ next to the things you believe the government should be involved in and an X next to places you feel the government is going too far The USA PATRIOT ACT • Allowed sweeping searches and surveillance, detaining immigrants, and monitoring bank accounts- allows wiretaps, phone records, internet searches, home searches without warrants • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdvpiA7-gss “I suppose the extension of the Patriot Act for one simple reason: Americans must use every legal and constitutional tool in their arsenal to fight terrorism and protect their lives and liberties. The attacks of September 11, 2001, made clear that the old rules no longer work. The terrorist who attacked us seek to kill innocent men, women, and children of all races and creeds. They seek to destroy our liberties.” - New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, December 17, 2005 Transportation Security Administration (TSA) • http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505263_16257574243/no-knives-act-to-overturn-tsa-policychange/ • http://www.infowars.com/tsa-conduct-randomchecks-at-austin-train-station/ • Protection against unreasonable search and seizures? • Airlines are private companies, what authority does the government have? “ In the wake of [9/11], I didn’t personally suffer any serious violations of my personal or civil rights…What is happening [though]…is the singling out of Arabs and Muslims all over the country, the denial of their rights, and the gross mistreatment of them and their families. I feel like I am being constantly watched. I was born and raised in the USA, and I don’t even feel like I am home. People give us weird, suspicious looks, the ‘random checks’ at the airport always happen to pick me, and the government reigns free to trample upon and bury the most basic rights that our forefathers died to establish as the roots of this great democratic nation.” - Bashar Al-Madani, undergraduate student, March 3, 2003 “ They’re welcome to go through anything I have, at any point. So my safety is worth my time,” said one passenger. - CNN, January 18, 2002 Linda Lawson, 52, of Atlanta, said although she hates taking off her shoes for security, she thought the new restrictions were reasonable and easy to comply with. “If they think it’s making it safer for us, then we just do what we have to do,” she said - Baltimore Sun, August 12, 2006 Processing the TSA • You will create two bumper stickers describing increased security by TSA – One for increased security – One against increased security Global War on Terror • http://app.discoveryeducation.com/player/vie w/assetGuid/918C635F-B8F9-4706-8118D1E2462D6DB4 • Osama bin Laden claimed Responsibility for the 9/11 attacks The War in Afghanistan • Motivation – Destroy the Taliban, wipe out al Qaeda, capture/kill Osama bin Laden • By December US had ousted the Taliban and taken control of Afghanistan • Results – Oust the Taliban from Afghanistan – Successfully captured and killed Osama bin Laden on May 2, 2011 – Lasting Results?? The War in Iraq • US invades Iraq unilaterally • Motivation: – Remove dictator Saddam Hussein from power, find and destroy WMDs, free the Iraq people • The US launched air strikes against Iraq, within three weeks the US had successfully invaded Baghdad and seized control of Iraq • Immediate Results: – Saddam was captured, tried, and sentenced to death – Some Iraqis welcome US involvement while others have begun to resent and even attack US soldiers • Lasting Results: ?