Friday, September 9, 2011
Heading to teach a 1st period class on September 11, 2001, we knew that a plane had hit the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York but we did not know that the world had changed.
During that 55-minute class period (in which we were discussing how the attack on Pearl Harbor led to the Japanese internment during World War II) we learned that the south tower of the WTC had been struck by another airliner, and then we watched it collapse just as a passing bell indicated that class was dismissed.
For the rest of the day and weeks later, planned classes meandered into trying to answer questions of “How?” and “Why?” in regards to the terrorists’ motives and methods. For months later, we asked the question of “What?” as in “What should the American government do to respond?”
Now, 10 years later, we’d like our readers to tackle another question.
“When you think back on the last 10 years, what do you think will be seen as the most significant response to the 9/11/2001 terror attacks?”
• The creation of the TSA and more rigorous air travel safety standards.
• The creation of the Department of Homeland Security.
• The invasion of Afghanistan.
• The invasion of Iraq.
• The re-election of George W. Bush.
• The election of Barack Obama.
• The passage (3x) of the USA PATRIOT Act.
• The use of our Guantanamo Bay naval base as a long-term detention camp.
• The use of “enhanced interrogation” by the United States to question suspected terrorists.
• The use of “extraordinary rendition” by the United States to question suspected terrorists in countries that allow the torture of prisoners.
• The use of “warrantless wiretaps” to eavesdrop on phone conversations involving suspected terrorists.
• The killing of Osama bin Laden.