Infoplease Remembers 9/11 With Timeline, Bin Laden Bio and World Trade Center History

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Site Features Historical Perspective on the 10th Anniversary of the Day Our Country Changed Forever

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In the decade since the tragic events of 9/11, the way we live in this country has changed dramatically, both in terms of our sense of security and the impact that two long-term wars have had on our families and our national debt.

This month, our country will mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11 with memorial services, television documentaries and the unveiling of the 9/11 Memorial on the site of the World Trade Center in New York City. Infoplease, the trusted reference site, is remembering the day our country changed forever with a special collection of resources that provides a perspective on the response to the tragedy, the history of Al-Qaeda and the Taliban, and a primer on the two wars that resulted from the attacks.

As the new 9/11 memorial is unveiled, visitors to Infoplease can reflect on the World Trade Center’s history with an article that tells the story of the Twin Towers that graced New York City’s skyline for nearly three decades. A companion article on the world’s largest office building, the Pentagon, reminds readers that our national symbol of military might was also attacked on that fateful day.

The site’s September 11 Timeline provides a minute-by-minute account of the tragic events of that day, beginning with the 8:45 a.m. crash of American Airlines Flight 11 into the north tower of the World Trade Center and culminating with President George W. Bush’s address to the nation at 8:31 p.m., when he vowed to punish “evil acts.”

The article, “Post-9/11 Changes By the U.S. Government,” offers insight into laws enacted in the aftermath of the tragedy that have impacted national security and discusses whether some of the measures to ensure our safety have compromised our civil rights. A companion article, “How We’ve Changed Since 9/11,” takes a look at the practical aspects of our lives that have changed over the past decade, from long security lines at airports to increased security in office buildings and large venues. The article also examines the psychological impact of 9/11 as American citizens grapple with fear, anger, increasing intolerance for immigrants and post-traumatic stress disorder.

“In the decade since the tragic events of 9/11, the way we live in this country has changed dramatically, both in terms of our sense of security and the impact that two long-term wars have had on our families and our national debt,” said Jess M. Brallier, publisher, Infoplease. “As the next decade unfolds, we will discover how the death of Osama bin Laden earlier this year changes terrorist activities around the world.”

A special section on Osama bin Laden provides a biography of the man the U.S. government considered the most dangerous terrorist in the world, as well as an article, “The Shot Celebrated Around the World: Osama bin Laden Is SEALed and Delivered,” which details the Navy SEAL operation in May that resulted in his death.

Infoplease also examines the wars that resulted from the 9/11 attacks. An Iraq War Timeline details the reasons for the war, its progression and where the conflict stands today. The site also has up-to-date statistics on Iraq War Casualties and the still-mounting costs of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Providing insight into the rise of the Taliban, a timeline traces the history of the terrorist organization, beginning with the 1979 invasion of Afghanistan by the Soviet Union, and an accompanying article details the Taliban’s rise to power, its defeat in the Afghanistan war and its recent resurgence in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Up-to-date Infoplease biographies provide visitors with insight into key players in the Afghani and Pakistani governments, Al-Qaeda and the Taliban.

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