Terrorist Attacks

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Senate Testimonies of Secretary of Defense Panetta and Joint Chief of Staff General Dempsey on the Attack of U.S. Facilities in Benghazi, February 2013

Author: General Martin E. Dempsey, USA

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Joint Chief of Staff General Martin E. Dempsey testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on February 7, 2013, about the September attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya and the response of the Defense Department. Panetta's and Dempsey's prepared remarks and video of the hearing are available on the Committee's website.

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9/11 Commission Report

This report was mandated to be a "full and complete account account of the circumstances surrounding the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks". The report, prepared by the bipartisan, independent National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, describes the events, response, preparedness, and recommendations for protection against future attacks.

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Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities before and after the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence conducted an inquiry into the activities of the U.S. Intelligence Community in connection with the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and made recommendations to address weaknesses in the system.

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9/11 Perspectives: The Balance of Power in American Politics

Speaker: James M. Lindsay

This video is part of a special Council on Foreign Relations series that explores how 9/11 changed international relations and U.S. foreign policy. In this video, James M. Lindsay, Senior Vice President, Director of Studies, and Maurice R. Greenberg Chair at the Council on Foreign Relations traces the shifts in the balance of power in American politics following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. "What we witnessed in the months after the attack was a political dynamic as old as the American republic. When the country feels imperiled, the White House gains in power and Congress loses it," says Lindsay. However, ten years after the attacks, "the era of terrorism has given way to the era of fiscal austerity," Lindsay argues, and "we now have American politics that looks more normal, that is much more focused inward, and features much more heated battles between Capitol Hill and the White House."

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