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Remembering 9/11:  A Study in Terrorism 

Part I:  Osama bin Laden

Part I is worth 200 points.

When the United States began bombing Afghanistan in October 2001, it was primarily because of one person, Osama bin Laden. Shortly after the September 11 attacks, evidence began to emerge pointing to bin Laden and his terrorist network, al-Qaeda.

For almost ten years, bin Laden was known to U.S. officials as a terrorist intent on targeting the United States. The bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993 and the bombings of American embassies in 1998 were linked to him and his extensive financial holdings.

But who is Osama bin Laden? Where did he come from and how did he establish a network of suicidal-bombing terrorists? This Web site from PBS explores who bin Laden is and how he rose to power. It explores his combination of inherited wealth and radical Islam and how he turned those resources of money and anger against the United States.

Start at the PBS Frontline Web site entitled “Hunting Bin Laden.”  Browse through the site and go to each heading: "Introduction," "Who is Bin Laden?," "Trail of Evidence," and "Two Terrorists." Read the summaries on these pages.  Read with more depth the topics that interest you or when a question calls for it.

After spending time on the Web site, answer the following questions.  Then, answer the following questions by typing in your answers in the text boxes.  When you are finished, submit your answers by clicking on the button.  You might also want to print a copy of your answers in case of a technological malfunction.  You can do this by copying and pasting your answers into a Word file.

Using information from the Web site, create a timeline of Osama bin Laden's life on a piece of posterboard. On the top of the timeline, include details and events from his personal life. On the bottom of the timeline, include relevant world events and terrorist events discussed in the Web site.

The questions are worth 25 points each.  The posterboard timeline is worth 100 points.

Full Name
Where were the bombings of two American embassies in 1998?
What is al-Qaeda accused of doing in October of 2000?
Name three countries in which Osama bin Laden has lived and operated.
What U.S. agency has been in charge of investigations of previous bombings by al-Qaeda terrorists?

Part II:  U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Part II is worth 100 points.
Throughout our nation’s history, we have used laws to promote and maintain our security and our liberty. In response to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, President George W. Bush created the Department of Homeland Security. The department combines 22 previously unrelated domestic agencies into one department in order to more effectively protect U.S. soil. The new department’s main concern is to guard the nation against additional terrorist attacks. The DHS is also committed to defending the rights of American citizens and enhancing public services, such as natural disaster assistance and citizenship services, by devoting offices to these important operations.

Start at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Web site.  Click on the links to the FAQs; DHS Organization: Department Components and Leadership; and the Threat Advisory.  Be sure to read each section carefully, taking notes as you go.  After reading through the information, answer the following questions by typing in your answers in the text boxes.  When you are finished, submit your answers by clicking on the button.  You might also want to print a copy of your answers in case of a technological malfunction.  You can do this by copying and pasting your answers into a Word file.  

Full Name
What are the three primary missions of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security?
What are the five major divisions, or "directorates,"of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security?
President Bush named Governor Tom Ridge of Pennsylvania as the first Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. What experience and attributes does Ridge bring to the position?
What is the proper order for the Threat Levels, from the least dangerous to the most dangerous?

Part III:  Major Terrorist Attacks Affecting Americans

Part III is worth 100 points.

Make sure to pick up a map and worksheet.  You will complete this portion of the assignment in the traditional paper/pencil style.

Part IV:  USA Freedom Corps

Part IV is worth 100 points.

After the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States, Americans volunteered their time to help the victims and relief workers. People raised money to buy food, blankets, and other supplies for those affected by the attacks. Young people in Iowa performed household chores for their neighbors and donated the money they received for their work to the Red Cross. Students in Illinois organized neighborhood garage sales and made "Freedom Bracelets" and "Freedom Pins" to raise money for relief funds.

Inspired by this spirit of volunteerism, President George W. Bush described the creation of a new volunteer program, the USA Freedom Corps, in his State of the Union Address on January 29, 2002. This activity explores why the USA Freedom Corps was created and how it connects volunteers with specific organizations throughout the United States.

Start at the USA Freedom Corps Web site.  Browse the site making sure to visit the "About USA Freedom Corps" topics.  Use the information you have learned to answer the following questions. 

Full Name
Why was the USA Freedom Corps created?
What type of organizations are included in the USA Freedom Corps Volunteer Network?
What is the purpose of Citizen Corps?
How does a person use the USA Freedom Corps Web site to find a volunteer opportunity?

All assignments are due by the end of the school day on Friday, September 15, 2006.