September 11 Essay

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MHE503 Module 2 – Case Assignment 1

MHE503 Module 2 – Case Assignment 1

America Will Never Forget

TUI University

1st Quarter of 2013

MHE503 Module 2 – Case Assignment 1

America Will Never Forget

Question 1:

Within the framework and vulnerability analysis, what were the pre-911 indicators that a possible disaster (terrorist attack) might occur?

September 11, 2001

On the morning of September 11, 2011 at 8:46 am the 1st plane hit the World

Trade Center’s North Tower in New York City, New York. At 9:03 am, 17 minutes later,

the second plane hit the South Tower. At 9:37 am, 34 minutes after the 2nd plane hit the

South Tower; the 3d plane hit the Pentagon between Corridor 4 and 5 in Washington,
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Was Al Qaeda strong enough to put an effective leader in his position and

prevail? The answers are yes. Even if bin Laden was killed, the terrorist group could have
MHE503 Module 2 – Case Assignment 1

easily replaced bin Laden he wasn’t the mastermind of the attack.

Mastermind of September 11th

The mastermind was Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM). “KSM also presented a

proposal for an operation that would involve training pilots who would crash planes into

buildings in the United States” (9/11 Commission Report, 2004, pg 149). If Al Qaeda

was planning September 11th and KSM was caught, the organization would still be able

to continue the attack without him.

Pilots and Hijackers

Even if one of the pilots were arrested, who is to know that there were not other

Al Qaeda members able to take his place, or there were others that were training as a

backup. Bin Laden was able to replace the muscle hijackers in a moments notice. They

were completely expendable.


The United States deeply misunderstood Al Qaeda. After the bombing of the

Twin Towers the investigation only went as far as the people directly responsible for the

attack and the hunt for bin Laden. It was not understood that the terrorist group was an

ideology, making it much easier to recruit people from around the world. If the United

States had taken the means to cripple AL Qaeda to the point where the structure of the

group had clasped

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