The Link: Since September 11th, Ten Years Later

This month’s newsletter reflects on ten years since the attacks on September 11th.  Resources about people affected on the day of September 11, 2001, the wars since September 11th, and buildings and memorials related to September 11th are presented.

New resources that will be added to the ipl2 are noted NEW! All other resources are already listed in the ipl2 collection.

The People
The attacks of September 11th affected people around the world. Ten years later, the families of victims and survivors of the attacks are dealing with 9/11 induced health problems and remembering their lost loved ones; there are approximately 2 million deployed troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Below are resources which address the unique voices or concerns of the diverse groups of people affected.

NEW! 9/11 Health

Established by the New York City government, this website provides scientific information and resources for people whose health was affected by the 9/11 attacks. Recent research about physical and mental health problems is provided, as well as information about healthcare services such as counseling, medical screening, and treatment. There are additional resources for healthcare providers, researchers, and the media.

Remembering the Victims  (find it on ipl2:  IPL Special — September 11 — Victims: Dead and Missing)

The New York Times provides a place for anecdotal memories and photos of victims of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States. Also provided is a link to the National Book of Remembrance to “share your thoughts and condolences for all of those lost.” Ten years later, it seems appropriate to again remember and honor the victims and their families.

NEW! Civil Rights Division Initiative to Combat Post-9/11 Discriminatory Backlash

This initiative from The United States Department of Justice is an effort to reduce  “bias-related assaults, threats, vandalism and arson” on “Arab, Muslim, Sikh, and South-Asian Americans, and those perceived to be members of these groups.”  The website provides information about the initiative, how to file a complaint, and other related information. Also provided are links to the brochure “Federal Protections Against National Origin Discrimination” in several different languages.

NEW! Disposable Army: Civilian Contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan

This website contains a collection of articles and graphics on the civilian workers involved in the U.S’s wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.  The site is from the non-partisan, non-profit journalism organization ProPublica.

IAVA: Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (find it on ipl2: IPL Special — September 11 — Afghanistan)

“The nation’s first and largest group dedicated to the Troops and Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the civilian supporters of those Troops and Veterans.” The site features soldier profiles and stories, discussions of issues facing the troops (such as wounded soldiers and private contractors), photographs, videos, and a blog.

On Being: Meaning, Religion, Ethics, and Ideas on Public Radio and Online (find it on ipl2)

On Being is a “conversation — and an evolving media space — about the big questions at the center of human life” from American Public Radio (APR) and hosted by Krista Tippett. Previously known as “Speaking of Faith”, the archive goes back to 2001. This resource has various 9/11 related content, usually from a personal or spiritual perspective. Past programs include “Hearing Muslim Voices Since 9/11” and “The Spiritual Fallout of 9/11.”

The Wars
Since September 11th, the U.S. military and its allies have fought wars and been involved in military actions in Iraq, Afghanistan and other locations. The resources below show the effects of war and provide background on why the U.S. is involved in these military efforts.

NEW! The Costs of War

This website presents findings from research by the nonpartisan Eisenhower Research Project at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies. The Project found that the U.S. wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan cost as much as $4 trillion and that 225,000 people have been killed.

NEW! Closing Guantanamo?

Since 2002, the United States has used Guantánamo Bay as a location for detaining suspected terrorists.  A “succinctly explained” overview of this controversial consequence of the War on Terror is provided by author Jonathan Masters in this Backgrounder from the non-partisan Council on Foreign Relations.

Electronic Briefing Books (find it on ipl2: Law, Government, and Political Science — Political Science)

The National Security Archive’s Electronic Briefing Books “provide online access to critical declassified records on issues including U.S. national security, foreign policy, diplomatic and military history, intelligence policy, and more.”  Each Briefing Book often contains a concise overview on the topic.  Relevant to the recent wars are “The Record on Curveball” and three parts of “The Iraq War”, among others.  There is also a separate category listing for “September 11 Sourcebooks.”

The Buildings
In the aftermath of 9/11, people began asking how to rebuild and how to remember. Each of the three sites affected by the 9/11 attacks – the site of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where Flight 93 crashed – have new or repaired buildings and memorials that are in progress or are finished.

The World Trade Center Site

1 World Trade Center (Freedom Tower) (find it on ipl2: IPL Special — September 11 — Rebuilding the World Trade Center)

hProject updates on 1 World Trade Center (Freedom Tower) are listed in this website from The Lower Manhattan Construction Command Center (LMCCC).  The LMCC coordinates and oversees “all Lower Manhattan construction projects worth more than $25 million south of Canal Street.”  The resource contains animated flyovers, frequent updates about progress on the building, and a set of plans that show what the site will look like.

World Trade Center Site Memorial Competition (find it on ipl2: IPL Special —  September 11 — Rebuilding the World Trade Center)

This resource offers information about the competition that was held to design a memorial for the World Trade Center site. There are drawings of the final choice and information about the memorial that will be on the site.

The Pentagon

Pentagon Renovation & Construction Program Office Website (find it on ipl2: IPL Special — September 11 — Rebuilding the Pentagon)

Repairs to the Pentagon, which was struck by an airliner on 9/11, were finished in April 2011. This resource details those repairs and how they changed the Pentagon.

The Pentagon Memorial (find it on ipl2: IPL Special — September 11 — Rebuilding the Pentagon)

This resource has photos of the memorial and information about how the memorial was designed and constructed. The resource also offers information about how to visit the memorial and rules to observe while on the Pentagon Reservation.


NEW! Flight 93 National Memorial

The National Park Service’s resource for the memorial in Shanksville, PA, that is still being built. Phase One of the memorial will be dedicated on September 11, 2011. This resource offers information about the memorial and plans for future construction.

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