Magazine article The American Prospect

The Lost Decade

Magazine article The American Prospect

The Lost Decade

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2001

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9/11/2001

Around 7:45 P.M., CBS news reporter Jim Axelrod refers to the World Trade Center site as "Ground Zero."

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9/13/2001

The U.S. Department of Transportation reopens airspace for travel, and tens of thousands of stranded passengers reach their destinations.

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9/15/2001

Frank Roque goes on a shooting spree in Mesa, Arizona, in retaliation for the 9/11 attacks, killing Balbir Singh Sodhi, a Sikh gas-station owner.

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9/18/2001

The Environmental Protection Agency declares the air around Ground Zero safe.

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9/27/2001

President Bush calls on Americans to fly to Disney World: "Take your families and enjoy life, the way we want it to be enjoyed."

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10/7/2001

Operation Enduring Freedom, aka the Afghanistan War, begins.

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10/13/2001

Post offices begin requiring a photo ID to mail a package after several media offices (and later senators) receive letters laced with anthrax.

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10/26/2001

President Bush signs the USA Patriot Act after the Senate passes it 98-1, with Senator Russ Feingold dissenting.

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10/31/2001

American-flag imports (mostly from China) for the month of October hit $34.8 million, about $34 minion more than all of 2000,

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11/6/2001

Fox premieres 24, a show centered on a fictional CIA counter-terrorism unit in Los Angeles.

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11/13/2001

President Bush signs a military executive order establishing the procedure of trying foreign terror suspects in military commissions.

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12/2/2001

John Walker Lindh, an American national detained as a Taliban fighter, is taken into U.S. custody.

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12/17/2001

Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden eludes capture during the battle of Tora Bora.

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12/22/2001

Airport security begins asking passengers to remove their footwear after Richard Reid tries to detonate explosives hidden in his shoe while in flight.

2002

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1/11/2002

The first 20 captives from Afghanistan arrive at Guantanamo Bay detention camp.

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2/7/2002

President Bush signs a directive: "None of the provisions of Geneva apply to our conflict with al Qaeda in Afghanistan or elsewhere throughout the world."

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3/12/2002

Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge announces a color-coded system for ranking terrorism threat levels.

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5/14/2002

ABC cancels Politically Incorrect after host Bill Maher says, "We have been the cowards, lobbing cruise missiles from 2,000 miles away,"

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7/20/2002

Toby Keith's "Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue (The Angry American)" tops the U.S. Billboard Hot Country singles chart.

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8/1/2002

Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Yoo submits a memo providing the legal rationale for the use of torture.

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10/14/2002

"lf you see something, say something" posters begin appearing in subways and buses throughout New York City.

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11/25/2002

The Department of Homeland Security is established, incorporating 22 agencies--from FEMA to the TSA to the Secret Service--into a single cabinet agency.

2003

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1/13/2003

The American Dialect Society declares "weapons of mass destruction" 2002's phrase of the year; "Iraqnophobia" wins most creative word. …

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