Magazine article The Futurist

Responding to Terrorism. (about This Issue)

Magazine article The Futurist

Responding to Terrorism. (about This Issue)

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Many people knew what to do when their world changed on September 11. A transportation manager in New York stopped the subway trains heading into what would soon become "Ground Zero," saving thousands of lives. Passengers aboard one of the hijacked aircraft stormed the cockpit and crashed the plane before it hit another planned target--probably saving many more lives. Rescue workers rushed into burning, collapsing buildings. Almost everyone called home.

At THE FUTURIST, we were in the process of preparing an article for this issue by forecaster Marvin Cetron and science writer Owen Davies. The subject: the vital signs of national stability and what they can tell us about the prospects for terrorism. Instead of waiting for publication, we quickly posted the unabridged article on our Web site. An updated version of the article is published here (see "Vital Signs for National Stability: Staying Secure in an Insecure World," page 23).

Immediately, futurists around the world began sharing their insights on the terrorist attacks and scenarios of the potential aftermath. …

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