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SEPTEMBER 11, 2001

Some excellent background links are 2001-2003.

MAPS from National Geographic!

Links about Current Events

Comments about events.

War in Afghanistan:

German Officials Find More Terrorist Groups, and Some Disturbing Parallels
How in a Little British Town Jihad Found Young Converts
The Strange Battle of Shah-i-Kot
Bush may pursue Al Qaeda even in countries that do not ask for a US presence"
Planning a war against Iraq
A Critical Appraisal of Operation Enduring Freedom and the Afghanistan War
A Selection of Daniel Pearl's Work
Bush's War in Afghanistan: A Case of Big Mission Creep?
Europe Seethes as the US Flies Solo in World Affairs
Gul Agha Gets His Province Back
US: Phase II of Our War Will Satisfy India
Hundreds of Troops Dozed in the Sun. These Were the Taliban Elite
Hidden Letters Reveal Dark Secrets of School for Terror
Allies Direct the Death Rites of Trapped Taliban Fighters
Some Right-Wing Pentagon Officials and Advisers Seek to Oust Iraq's Leader
War Looms in Black Sea Enclave

ANTHRAX and BIOWAR:

Report Linking Anthrax and Hijackers Is Investigated
Biometrics: Facing Up to Terrorism
Authorities Discover How Little They Know
Developing Warning System for Biological Attack Proves Difficult
CDC Team Tackles Anthrax
Experts Offer Advice on Handling Potentially Dangerous Mail

ECONOMIC:

Why the Killers Threaten World Prosperity

BACKGROUND:

The Laws of War
"Terrorism": The History of a Very Frightening Word
The Role of Pakistan's Military Intelligence Agency in the 9/11 Attacks
Which America Will We Be Now? by Bill Moyers
Wider War Watch: The War on Terrorism and the Impetus to Widen It

The Terrorist Attack on America: Background
The New York-based Council on Foreign Relations provides links to seven articles, previously published in its journal, Foreign Affairs, that contribute to an understanding of the attacks on New York and Washington. Several of the essays offer good analysis of the nature of contemporary terrorism and the capabilities of the United States to combat it. Article

America's New War Against Terrorism
Transcript of a Sept. 14 briefing at the Brookings Institution on the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington and the implications of America's response. Discussion centers on how the war against terrorism will affect U.S. relations with Middle East, particularly Pakistan; U.S. military policy and the difficulties of waging war in Afghanistan; implications for the economy, and the challenge of balancing security needs and civil liberties at home. Participants: James Steinberg, Stephen P. Cohen, James M. Lindsay.
Article

Israel's Policy of Targeting Terrorists: Implications for the U.S. Analysis of Israel's policy of assassinating Palestinian terrorists and how Arab perceptions of tacit U.S. support for these killings harms American interests in the Middle East. Analysis was written before the terror attacks in New York and Washington, which may have pushed the Bush administration to adopt a similar strategy of targeting terrorists. R.S. Zaharna, Foreign Policy in Focus, September 2001
Article

U.S. Policy Toward Political Islam
Written before the terrorist attack on America, this analysis provides excellent background on conditions that fed into the assault. The study notes that that radical Islamic movements often arise out of the legitimate needs and grievances of oppressed sectors of the population who see the U.S. as partly responsible for their suffering. U.S. policy toward the Islamic world, however, has been skewed by negative stereotypes of Islam that fail to recognize its diversity. The study also observes that Washington has encouraged the rise of extremist Islamic politics both through shortsighted support for such movements or governments and through its support of repressive regimes, which often trigger extremist backlash responses. Stephen Zunes, University of San Francisco, June 2001.
Article
Analysis: Who Are the Taleban?

INTERNET:

Will Attack Hurt Net Privacy?

CIVIL LIBERTIES and SECURITY:

Face recognition system fails at Palm Beach Airport
Articles on civil liberties issues after September 11th
The Next World Order
How Codebreakers Cracked the Secrets of the Smart Card
The Video Surveillance Debate
Will Walker's Statements Be Admitted Against Him?
What Is an "Unlawful Combatant", and Why It Matters
Captives and the Law
The Military Tribunals on Trial
Iceland Places Trust in Face-Scanning
Kangaroo Courts
Careless With The Constitution? The Problem With Military Tribunals
"Who Is This Kafka That People Keep Mentioning?"
Senator Leahy's speech defending civil liberties
EPIC's analysis of provisions of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2001 affecting communications and information privacy.


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