Early on the morning of September 11, 2001 the single largest loss of life from foreign attack on American soil shocked the nation. A group of 19 al Qaeda terrorist hijackers took control of four commercial airliners en route to San Francisco and Los Angeles after takeoff from Boston, Newark, and Washington, D.C Planes with long flights were intentionally selected for hijacking because they would be heavily fueled.
At 8:46 a.m. American Airlines Flight 11 was deliberately crashed into the World Trade Center's North Tower and at 9:03 a.m., hijacked United Airlines Flight 175 was crashed into the South Tower. The planes igniting fires that destroyed the 110-storey landmarks. The South Tower collapsed at 9:59 a.m. after burning for 56 minutes in a fire caused by the impact of United Airlines Flight 175. The North Tower collapsed at 10:28 a.m. after burning for 102 minutes.
American Airlines Flight 77 was flew into the Pentagon at 9:37 a.m. A fourth flight, under the control of hijackers, crashed United Airlines Flight 93 near Shanksville, Pennsylvania at 10:03 a.m. after the passengers fought the hijackers. Flight 93's ultimate target is believed to have been either the Capitol or the White House.
Nearly 3,000 died in the attacks that happened on September 11, 2001.
Television coverage of the terrorist attacks and their aftermath was the longest uninterrupted news event in the history of U.S. television, lasting 93 hours.
The Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks led to many changes in the U.S. and its residents. The loss of human life and the destruction of commercial property and infrastructure on September 11 temporarily reduced the productive potential of the New York City economy. Former President George W. Bush decided to pass a large amount of U.S. legislation to strengthen U.S. National Security. The impact of 9/11 is clearly visible in the policies adopted by the United States government in the wake of the disaster. The President’s Surveillance Program (PSP) is a collection of secret intelligence activities authorized by George W. Bush after the September 11, 2001, National Security, Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention, The USA PATRIOT Act which reduced restrictions that were placed on law enforcement agencies and gave them the ability to search telephone, e-mail communications, medical, financial, and other records. It eased restrictions on foreign intelligence gathering within the United States and expanded the Secretary of the Treasury’s authority to regulate financial transactions. The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is a cabinet department of the United States federal government, created in response to the September 11 attacks. And the obvious airline security.
The attacks of September 11, 2001 changed life in the United States forever!
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