Dahr Jamail | 9/11: The Beginning of the End of the US Empire Project

The Extinction Chronicles

By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report
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Smoke pours from the World Trade Center after it was hit by two hijacked passenger planes September 11, 2001 in New York City. (Photo: Robert Giroux / Getty Images)Smoke pours from the World Trade Center after it was hit by two hijacked passenger planes September 11, 2001, in New York City. (Photo: Robert Giroux / Getty Images)

Today, it has been 16 years since the events of September 11, 2001, in the United States. Nearly 3,000 people died in the attacks, and more than 6,000 were injured in the spectacular violence across New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, DC.

The Bush/Cheney administration used these horrible events to justify projecting the US empire deeper into the Middle East by invading Iraq, as well as launching into war-torn Afghanistan. They also used the opportunity to pass the so-called PATRIOT act, which amounted to a vicious attack on civil liberties and human rights at home.

Any pretense that the US intended to seek justice or increase world stability…

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