9/11 Commission Report Essay

9/11 Commission Report book review The actual name of this book is the Final Report of the National Commission on The Terrorist Attacks upon the United States. This book is the official report of the findings of the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11th 2001. The President and Congress suggested that the 9/11 Commission get this information and release it to the public so that all of us actually know what happened. In November of 2002 the book was started and it was not finished until the middle of 2004.

It was the summer of 2004 when the people of this country became more and more educated on this subject. In order to fully write this document, the writers interviewed more than one thousand people and read hundreds if not thousands of pages based on the September 11th attacks. The report released evidence of the hijackers on security cameras in the airports, passengers were described in their last moments on the plane, and the dialogue from inside the cockpits of the hijacked planes. There were a total of 19 hijackers on September 11th. The leader of the hijackers was Mohammed Atta, a young Muslim man from Egypt.

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The commission concluded the terrorists were all linked to Osama Bin Laden, the leader of Al-Qaeda. Immediately after the terrorist attacks on 9/11, Bin Laden was placed on the FBI’s top ten most wanted list, for obvious reasons. Coalition forces stationed in Afghanistan have been on the heels of this man for more than six years now. Bin Laden is still on the run and is believed to be hiding in the vast mountains of the Afghanistan and Pakistan Border. In the early 1980’s Bin Laden joined the Afghan mujahideen in order to fight against the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

After ten years he split from this group and created Al-Qaeda; which he claimed would have a more military role. It was clear that it was Osama Bin Laden who organized and authorized the September 11th hijackings and attacks on the United States. At the time of the attacks it was thought that Bin Laden was still hunkered down in Afghanistan. There have been reports that he died in December of 2001 and was buried in an unmarked grave, and there have been other reports that he died a few years later than that due to a military strike. None of these have been proven yet we continue to chase this illusive man to this day.

In 2001, the United States and Coalition Forces invaded Afghanistan; Operation Enduring Freedom was in the works. The aim of this invasion was simply to find Osama Bin Laden, any of his other high ranking officials, eliminate them, and to remove the Taliban from control in any means possible. In the final reports of the report, they determined that there was increased contact between Al-Qaeda and Iran, and also that there is no proof Saddam Hussein was linked to the September 11th attacks although Osama Bin Laden said he would like to cooperate with Iraq in the future for further attacks.

The report made suggestions for how we can prevent situations such as these and attacks like 9/11 from happening again. It is because of these attacks that we must be at the airports 3 hours early, we must have heightened security at our ports, and people in general are simply on edge for the fear of being attacked again. The 9/11 commission report was simply written because of the terrorist attacks in New York City on September 11, 2001. Four planes were hijacked by a total of 19 terrorists who were members of Al-Qaeda.

One plane was flown into each of the two World Trade Center towers, one was flown into the Pentagon, and on the fourth plane the passengers rose up against the terrorists on board, and the plane crash landed into a large field in Pennsylvania. As we all know by now, Osama Bin Laden was behind the attacks of September 11th, and the hijackers were members of Al-Qaeda. Osama Bin Laden is the leader of Al-Qaeda, and he has an enormous hatred toward The United States and everything that we stand for.

Al-Qaeda has also claimed responsibility for many other terrorist attacks in numerous countries. They’ve performed acts such as suicide bombings, hijackings, car bombings, and any other way of killing innocent people. The members of Al-Qaeda have taken oaths and are loyal to Osama Bin Laden. After the September 11th attacks, Osama Bin Laden was quick to praise the attacks and was a key planner in them as well. He stated and encouraged that all Muslims have the right to attack and retaliate to the massacring and suppression of Muslims by the United States.

He stated that the attacks on the United States were not aimed to kill women and children, but aimed at the symbols of the power of the United States militarily and economically. Al-Qaeda hates everything that the United States stands for, we support Israel, we are a world super power, were technologically advanced more than most countries, and the aimed targets of 9/11 were to hurt of economy and military powers. Thanks to this class, we are well aware that terrorism is extremely hard to define. All five categories of terrorism from our main text book can work as a great escription of terrorism. The 9/11 Commission Report does not define terrorism but describes in over 600 pages, the worst terrorist attack in the worlds history. The main purpose behind this book was to analyze a single terrorist attack that affected the world and took place in four states, and to give everyone here in America the chance to read how we may or may not have had a chance to stop this from happening. Terrorists rely on their actions causing fear. Their actions are put into play through religion, politics or social/ psychological beliefs.

These terrorists on September 11th, believed in their cause, and followed the orders of Osama bin Laden, a man from whom each and every one of the 19 men took an oath. They believe so much in their cause that they are willing to sacrifice their own lives, and are labeled martyrs after the act is committed. The categories pertaining to the 9/11 Commission Report are: Terrorism is the use of force to bring about political change, and terrorism is a form of criminal violence that violates legal codes and is therefore punishable by the state.

Both of these can define the attacks of September 11th, 2001. The 9/11 Commission Report has taken a lot of declassified information and handed it to the people of this country. The book goes into detail about Osama Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda, and what they stand for and why they hate the people and the government of the United States of America. Osama Bin Laden is the leader of Al-Qaeda, and he has an enormous hatred toward The United States and everything that we stand for.

The attacks carried out on September 11th were not aimed to kill women and children, but aimed at one of the greatest symbols of the power of the United States militarily and economically. There are rumors that the original drawings of the attacks were aimed at nuclear power plants but Al-Qaeda didn’t want the attacks to get “Out of Hand”, much like we have discussed in the class this semester. Al-Qaeda, a terrorist network, has immense hatred toward these United States, our way of life, and our economic and military power.

Their Muslim beliefs are a way of life, not just a religion, and the acts that they commit cause them to be a terrorist group. To conclude, the 9/11 Commission Report was done so that everyone would be able to know the actual causes of the attacks on the World Trade Centers on September 11th, 2001. Everyone knew who was behind the attacks; Osama Bin Laden came out publically taking credit for the attacks and all 19 hijackers were members of Al-Qaeda with oaths taken owards Bin Laden. What was not known at the time and is still not quite clear today is why these men attacked the towers and the Pentagon. In order for us to ever fully understand, we must learn as much as physically possible about this group of people. Much like the rest of the citizens of this country, I read this book with an open mind. I already knew a lot about this subject but I did learn an awful lot just based upon the information that was gathered by these numerous people.