Monday, March 2, 2015

9/11 Ten Years Later

The Inquirer's 9/11 Forum

At the 10th anniversary of 9/11, the American response, like the reconstruction at Ground Zero, remains largely a work-in-progress.

Are we safer?

Have we found the correct balance between security and civil rights?

Does Bin Laden's death change anything?

What will/should the next 10 years look like?

To explore these questions, the Inquirer put together a panel of local experts who hold special insight on the federal government's role since 9/11:

Bob Casey, the U.S. senator who chairs the Foreign Relations subcommittee for the world's most volatile regions – including Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran and Pakistan.

Patrick Meehan, a local Republican congressman who heads a key House subcommittee on terrorism.

Chaka Fattah, a local Democratic congressman who plays a senior role funding the FBI and Justice Department.

George Venizelos, the special-agent-in-charge the FBI's office in Philadelphia, and who also supervised the Times Square bomber case.

Mark Wilson, a defense lawyer who's represented Guantanamo detainees and the confessed homegrown terrorist known as Jihad Jane.

On these videos, the players in the local fight against terrorism answer lingering questions about the last 10 years, the next 10 years - and what keeps them up at night.

The Philadelphia Inquirer, 9/12/2001
Special section, 10/21/2001
One Year Later, 9/8/2002
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Lives changed by 9/11

Series author Tom Infiled introduces stories of Philadelphia area people still impacted 10 years later. (Michael S. Wirtz / Staff Photographer)

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