U.S. War on Terrorism and Fallout from 11 September 2001 Attacks

January - April 2002


Materials presented chronologically.

Baer, Susan. "Tenet Survives Despite CIA Woes." Baltimore Sun, 6 Feb. 2002. [http:// www.baltimoresun.com]

"[I]f anyone was likely to take the fall" for the events of 9/11, "it would be Tenet. Yet,... few are pointing fingers at him. Instead, lawmakers have seen Sept. 11 as a government-wide breakdown, with plenty of blame to go around. And far from being ousted,... Tenet has emerged as a key architect of the war on terror."

Vogel, Steve, and Walter Pincus. "Weather Obstructing Survey of Missile Strike Site." Washington Post, 8 Feb. 2002, A17. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

Gen. Tommy R. Franks, head of the U.S. Central Command, said on 7 February 2002 that "[b]ad weather is preventing U.S. military forces from surveying the site of a CIA-launched missile strike in eastern Afghanistan to verify whether a senior al Qaeda leader and other members of the terrorist network were killed." The attack on 4 February 2002 near Zhawar Kili "was launched by an armed Predator surveillance drone operated by the CIA. The Predator had ... followed for two days a convoy of suburban utility vehicles.... [T]he vehicles were parked at a previously known al Qaeda camp and the officers noticed a group, protected by security personnel.... With no U.S. fighter aircraft in the vicinity, the CIA officers fired a Hellfire missile at the group."

Pincus, Walter. "House, Senate Intelligence Panels Set Joint Sept. 11 Probe."Washington Post, 15 Feb. 2002, A18. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

On 14 February 2002, "[t]he leaders of the Senate and House intelligence committees ... announced a joint investigation" into the 9/11 attacks.

Pincus, Walter, and Dan Eggen. "Probe Spawns Unparalleled Intelligence-Sharing." Washington Post, 12 Mar. 2002, A9. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

U.S. officials are struggling to analyze a "mountain of evidence ... from thousands of pages of computerized and paper documents, hundreds of computer hard drives, scores of videotapes and millions of voice and data communications scooped up since U.S. forces entered Afghanistan. Added to the hours of interrogations of suspected al Qaeda and Taliban detainees, it amounts to what is likely the largest and most complex intelligence operation ever mounted by the United States.... [T]he methods for analyzing this information have become a linchpin in U.S. efforts to thwart future attacks and track down al Qaeda members who may be planning other operations. By bringing together analysts from the military, the CIA and the FBI, the new system also reflects an unprecedented level of cooperation among agencies that historically have had a difficult time sharing even crucial information."

Berkowitz, Bruce. "War in the Information Age." Hoover Digest 2002, no. 2 (30 Apr. 2002). [http://www.hoover.org/publications/hoover-digest/article/6781]

"U.S. military forces have changed radically in the past decade. They will likely change even more -- and at a faster pace -- in the next few years."

Pincus, Walter. "Staff Director for Hill's Probe Into Terrorist Attacks Resigns." Washington Post, 30 Apr. 2002, A5. [http//www.washingtonpost.com]

L. Britt Snider, staff director for the joint House and Senate investigation into the 9/11 attacks, resigned on 26 April 2002. See also, James Risen, "Reason Cited for Ousting of Terror Inquiry's Director: Staff Member's Security Problem Is Blamed," New York Times, 9 May 2002, A34.

Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. "Law and the War on Terrorism." 25, no. 2 (Spring 2002): Entire issue.

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