United States – 9/11 Tenth Anniversary and Terror Attacks

September 11, 2011

By Padmini Arhant

On the tenth anniversary of September 11, the United States commemorates the victims and the survivors for their ordeal from terrorism on home soil.

September 11 2001 was a horrendous experience to the citizens in the United States and across the globe.

A well-organized terror on a massive scale was carried out inside the nation i.e.

The world’s superpower equipped with the most sophisticated intelligence resources and military might along with the political clout to demand other nations to share information on national security threats suddenly found itself vulnerable and an easy target of those with comparatively inferior and dilapidated infrastructure.

Not to mention the network under U.S. and allies constant surveillance for possible strikes including international laws on money trail to fund terrorism or other unlawful activities,

Somehow succeed in masterminding the terror attacks deploying United States domestic aircrafts is weak and unconvincing with no political will to establish the truth.

The notion that the administration under President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney as well as U.S. intelligence, the State and Defense department were caught off guard in the terror assault of such magnitude does not fit the profile considering the blatant warnings and terror alerts pouring in from credible sources within and outside the United States –

Only to be ignored on multiple occasions constituting dereliction of duty in protecting the citizens, the primary responsibility of the government or any ruling authority.

Investigations regarding gross negligence by all those directly or indirectly involved has been conducted only up to a certain hierarchy as a mere formality,

While others holding the power mantle at that time now granted impunity even after the term in office despite hard evidences – suggesting the preventable terror act was never a serious concern among high profile leaderships on the top trickling down to the bottom in the security chain link that resulted in the loss of many innocent lives.


According to the bipartisan 9/11 commission report:

General Findings:

What we can say with confidence is that none of the measures adopted by the U.S. government from 1998 to 2001 disturbed or even delayed the progress of the al Qaeda plot.  Across the government, there were failures of imagination, policy, capabilities, and management.

The terrorist danger from Bin Ladin and al Qaeda was not a major topic for policy debate among the public, the media, or in the Congress.  Indeed, it barely came up during the 2000 presidential campaign.

As late as September 4, 2001, Richard Clarke, the White House staffer long responsible for counterterrorism policy coordination, asserted that the government had not yet made up its mind how to answer the question:“Is al Qida a big deal?”


The mutual agreement between the outgoing and incoming administrations not to bring legal or investigative actions on a monumental security violation against the then authorities regardless of stature not only undermines democracy but also set bad precedence for the future.

Constitution imposed checks and balances on the executive and legislative branch by Judiciary is subverted to serve political interests diminishing the constitutionality of the democratic system.

Justice department under administration’s direct control facilitate obstruction of Justice and hindrance in the fair and thorough scrutiny of government officials, corporate access and institutions in the advisory role to the executive branch eliminating the constitution upheld law exempting none from accountability especially in relation to national protection on all fronts.

The predecessors given a free pass on the 9/11 debacles based on the selective application in seeking redemption over retribution.

Meanwhile the alleged terror suspects are denied habeas corpus and held indefinitely in Guantanamo bay – the contentious practice and location is yet to be shut down in fulfillment of the 2008 campaign promise.

Additionally in the so-called war on terror, the former administration’s trend continues on renditions, mistreatment of unsubstantiated terror detainees…with little or no discussion on ending the undemocratic human rights violation in modern history.

Following 9/11, the military invasion and occupation of nations flurried with no due consideration for public dissent or serious ramifications on human factor, economy and regional stability.

The policy on aerial and ground military aggression via unmanned operations such as drones and robots still dominate the combat zones with civilian casualties proportionately exceeding the targets.

Terror attacks worldwide with the latest in New Delhi, India on September 7, 2011 is the contemporary challenge for ordinary citizens – the usual prey in the cyclical violence made possible by arms and ammunitions supply,

Notwithstanding the government repeat failures to ensure public safety.

Lack of preparation and conspicuously missing terror deterrents in the technological era contributes to security loopholes.

Identifying the terror operatives’ motive and apprehending the sources aiding the continuous weapons flow would dismantle the terror apparatus,

Besides monitoring and restricting materials procurement used in suicide bombings or abandoned vehicles with explosives.

Terrorism can be addressed effectively provided there is global consensus among industrialized, developed and developing nations to divest from disproportionate military expenditure to economic development alongside peaceful and diplomatic solutions to impending crises around the world.

Leaderships’ genuine commitment to universal freedom promoting economic and social progress would channel the youth from terror recruitment to university enrolment taking ownership of the respective national goals.

Most importantly the privileged status to the powerful in politics, economics and social domain has created a culture accepting corruption and abuse of power to prevail shielding the implicated members from judicial proceedings for willful negligence and wrongdoings resulting in national devastation.

Social polarization is distinctive in political establishment and elitists’ defiance to legal consequences on unethical conduct ordinarily enforced upon mainstream population.

Democracy is meaningful when equality concept transforms into reality.

The pain and suffering endured from 9/11 has many dimensions a decade later with ground zero memorialized honoring the deceased and the brave rescuers pledging their life to save others during the critical hour of need.

Also extending heartfelt condolences to mournful residents in the recent Delhi blast with prayers for renewed hope and strength leading to peaceful existence.

Those volunteering in terror act must understand that taking life in return for political or ideological reason is counterproductive and exacerbates human relations.

Life is a gift to be cherished and not violated.

Non-violent means deliver outcome without compromising credibility in a pragmatic approach to life.

Peace to all

Thank you.

Padmini Arhant









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