On Native Soil

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ON NATIVE SOIL

The documentary “On Native Soil” opens with a 1997 interview with Osama bin Laden, and goes into detail precisely how the traumatic events of that fateful day unfolded. He said we would “hear about his future plans in the newspaper and in the media, God willing”. Condoleezza Rice goes on to say no one could have predicted what happened, but all the signs were there. The government knew about the Bojinka Plot, they knew about the Phoenix memo, numerous people knew about terrorists being in America and they let Moussaoui walk away without even searching his home. I found this very troubling; I was also disturbed by the way the U.S handled the information regarding the hijackings and terrorist actions. Had such guidelines been put in place before 9-11-01 and if they had been followed, the attacks would have been much harder to pull off. I was frustrated by the incredibly high number of incomplete applications for the terrorist entering the United States that were granted visas and taking flight lessons. The FBI knew that two of the hijackers were in the United States taking flying lessons and nothing was done, and in August of 2001 Moussaoui was in the United States and got arrested by a field agent and when they requested a warrant to search his computer, the request was moved to the bottom of the pile. I was dismayed and outraged at how much miscommunication went on between government agencies. With the terrorist attacks already taking place against the USS Cole there should have been a heightened awareness and more focus placed on national security. The documentary explained the heartbreaking and fatal lapses in our country’s emergency response system and the misguided communications that led to the Tower 2 workers being directed back to work because "everything was safe” and ultimately ending with tragic results. There were no interdepartmental communications capabilities between EMS, Fire, New York City Police and Port Authority Police. This...
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