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This Week on Washington Week: How 9/11 Changed American Politics

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Twenty years ago, on September 11, 2001, terrorists attacks tragically killed nearly 3,000 Americans, and dramatically changed life across the nation. 

In the days that followed, then-President George W. Bush sent a message directly to Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and other extremist groups. “We will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbored them,” President Bush said. In the years that followed, President Bush's promise led to two decades of war in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The wars created new forms of engagement by the U.S. military and intelligence services, including the use of torture and the detention of enemy combatants in “black sites.” In 2002, the Department of Homeland Security was established and given a wide portfolio, from Immigrations and Customs Enforcement to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The nation also bore witness to the demonization of Muslims and other immigrants of color, and the rise of foreign extremist groups. At the same time, the United States also grappled with the growth of white nationalism and domestic extremism. The Department of Homeland Security has warned that these extremist groups were emboldened by the January 6th attack on the Capitol.
To mark twenty years since the attacks on 9/11, Washington Week will produce a special program featuring journalists who covered the attacks and wars that followed. How has 9/11 shaped the United States in the past 20 years? What is the legacy of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq? How has the expansion of government surveillance affected civil liberties? And what comes next as the Biden administration fights new and evolving forms of terror?
Joining moderator Yamiche Alcindor with more insight on Friday’s Washington Week:

  • Peter Baker, Chief White House Correspondent for The New York Times
  • Asma Khalid, White House Correspondent for NPR
  • Martha Raddatz, Chief Global Affairs Correspondent for ABC News 
  • Vivian Salama, National Security Reporter for The Wall Street Journal
  • Pierre Thomas, Chief Justice Correspondent for ABC News 

The conversation continues on the Washington Week Extra, streaming live on Facebook, YouTube and our website.