The September 11 Attack and Its Effects

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On September 11, 2001, four teams of hijackers commandeered four separate planes. Following carefully laid plans made months and even years before, they removed the pilots from the cockpits, and took over flying the planes themselves. The first plane, American Airlines flight #11, crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City at 8:40 AM Eastern time; the second plan, United flight #175, crashed into the south tower of the World Trade Center at 9:05 AM; the third plane, American Airlines #73, crashed into the Pentagon outside of Washington, D.C. at 9:43 AM; but the fourth one crashed in rural Pennsylvania after the passengers, realizing that the ...

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that these attacks constituted acts of war. The attackers chose a day with excellent weather. The skies were remarkably clear, and it was unlikely that the planes would experience any significant delays taking off. All four planes took off within one half-hour period. (22) The attacks were well planned. The hijackers knew how to get control of the aircraft rapidly and how to fly them well enough to hit their targets. They knew how to turn of the transponders that automatically send out the position of the airplane. The hijackers themselves were well disciplined and ready to give their lives to achieve their military objectives.
The fourth plane, flight #93, failed to hit its target because of one reason. Passengers were able to use cell phones to call loved ones, and the people who called them told them about the attacks on the World Trade Center. The passengers on flight #93 realized that their hijacked plane was about to be used as a guided missile as well. Realizing they would ...

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that the Taliban government of Afghanistan turn over bin Laden to face justice or be prepared to deal with the consequences. (22)
The United States now had to plan and wage a war of a kind never fought before, requiring extensive cooperation from numerous countries around the world. Both the United States and other cooperating countries would have to examine their laws regarding terrorism and cooperation with other countries when pursuing criminals. All involved had to look at international law, giving it new scrutiny in the light of recent events. Some laws had to be refined, and in some cases new laws were needed. Responsible world governments needed to rapidly streamline their ...

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