Remembering 9/11

September 2, 2011 • Volume 21, Issue 30
Is the U.S. safe from terrorist attacks?
By Kenneth Jost


1 World Trade Center in New York City rises above the site of the twin towers (CQ Press/Kenneth Jost)
Nearly two-thirds complete, 1 World Trade Center in New York City rises above the site of the twin towers that were destroyed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Soaring to a symbolic 1,776 feet, the building, scheduled for completion in 2013, will be the nation's tallest. It is one of five skyscrapers planned for the site. (CQ Press/Kenneth Jost)

As the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks approaches, Americans continue to examine whether the U.S. response over the past decade has made the homeland safer. While the government has taken a variety of measures to defend against similar attacks, legal questions over the treatment and prosecution of terror suspects have ignited longstanding debates over the legitimacy of the U.S. approach to the “war on terror” launched by President George W. Bush and continued by President Barack Obama. Meanwhile, with the country at war in Afghanistan and intent on dismantling Al Qaeda, policymakers are asking whether it remains a credible threat to U.S. national security after the killing of Osama bin Laden. Inside the United States, though, a domestic jihadist subculture has arisen — against the backdrop of anti-Muslim sentiment among many Americans — that some say could also pose a threat to U.S. security.

ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
May 14, 2021  Domestic Terrorism
Apr. 09, 2021  Targeted Killings
Apr. 01, 2016  Defeating the Islamic State
Jan. 29, 2016  Unrest in Turkey
Jun. 27, 2014  Assessing the Threat From al Qaeda
Sep. 02, 2011  Remembering 9/11
Sep. 03, 2010  Homegrown Jihadists
Mar. 12, 2010  Prosecuting Terrorists Updated
Nov. 2009  Terrorism and the Internet
Feb. 13, 2009  Homeland Security
Apr. 21, 2006  Port Security
Oct. 14, 2005  Global Jihad
Apr. 02, 2004  Nuclear Proliferation and Terrorism
Feb. 22, 2002  Policing the Borders
Oct. 12, 2001  War on Terrorism
Jul. 21, 1995  Combating Terrorism
Aug. 26, 1988  New Approach to Mideast Terrorism
May 30, 1986  Dealing With Terrorism
Oct. 08, 1982  Prospects for Peace in Northern Ireland
Mar. 27, 1981  Anti-Terrorism: New Priority in Foreign Policy
Dec. 02, 1977  International Terrorism
Jan. 26, 1973  Control of Skyjacking
May 13, 1970  Political Terrorism
Jul. 24, 1952  Red Terrorism in Malaya
Terrorism and Counterterrorism