Tuesday, 11 September 2001; a week after Labor Day, traditionally, the end of the summer and time to dismiss the barbecues, family get together and late evening boardwalk strolls with friends and loved ones. The day was routine as usual in New York, and Washington. Unfortunately, the peace on this beautiful day was soon to be discharged, At 8:42 a.m. AAL Flight 11 hits World Trade Center #1, significantly known as the North Tower. Shortly after at 9:02 a.m. UAL Flight 175 strikes World Trade Center #2 also referred to as The South Tower. As a result of the tragedy the FAA ordered a shutdown of all airports nationwide. Unfortunately, this plan of terrorism on our beautiful country is already underway and is not finished yet. At 9:40 a.m. AAL Flight 77 crashed into the west face of the pentagon. The effect of this tragedy took the lives of 3,000 americans but has affected everyone in this country throughout. Emotions felt on this day ranged from anger, confusion, despair, deception, and sadness. The grief of the American citizens was overwhelming and something needed to be done to ensure our safety.
Homeland Security, what does it all mean and how did it come about? Homeland Security is an “Umbrella term”, a single common category that refers to multiple terms. More specifically it is a national effort to protect the states against terrorist attacks within or from outside the U.S. (Mosley 9-10) The term arose after the 9/11 attacks which ordered a reorganization of many U.S. government agencies in 2003 which formed the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. According to recent research done on Homeland Security, the renowned Federal entity includes 187 Federal Agencies and Departments. Including the National Guard, FEMA, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, as well as the U.S. Secret Service. Also, TSA is under command of Homeland Security, which most likely was a priority with the 9/11 attacks being the main catalyst for this organization...
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