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  • The changing policy landscape after 9/11

    Published: Sept. 8, 2011
    Graphic: Lori Lacy

    To commemorate the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, the Baines Report, a graduate student publication of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, has issued a special “9/11 Policy Retrospective” edition. Graduate students analyzed how policy issues such as immigration, veterans’ benefits, national security, energy and media engagement have altered and evolved over the last decade.

    Read the student essays:

    Redefining Stability in Light of 9/11 and the Arab Spring
    By Allison Minor
    Minor is a first year dual degree master’s candidate in Global Policy Studies and Middle Eastern Studies.

    After 9/11, the United States prioritized fighting terrorism and in its foreign policy, allowing dictators to act as they pleased so long as their regimes were stable. The Arab Spring proved how wrong — and dangerous — that priority was.
    Read Minor’s story on the Baines Report …

    How the Media Responded When the World Changed
    By Meredith Whipple
    Whipple is a second year graduate student at the Lyndon B. Johnson School. She currently works for the nonprofit organization Consumers Union, researching telecommunications policies.

    The emotions generated by the events of Sept. 11, 2001 contributed to a long-term failure of the media in their role as watchdog of government decisions.
    Read Whipple’s story on the Baines Report …

    Our National Security Lens is Out of Focus on Immigration
    By Allison Ramirez
    Ramirez is a third year dual degree master’s candidate in Global Policy Studies at the Lyndon B. Johnson School and Latin American Studies at the Teresa Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies. She has worked extensively on issues of migration and human rights in El Salvador.

    Our increased militarization of the border after 9/11 creates only a false sense of security at home, with very real security implications for those outside our borders.
    Read Ramirez’s story on the Baines Report …

    Lessons from the Past
    By Miha Vindis
    Vindis is a third year master’s candidate in Global Policy Studies.

    Remembering 9/11 is important, but remembering our reaction is more so. Forgetting that 9/11, like Pearl Harbor, will one day be an event in a past landscape, led the U.S. into rash action that will effect future generations longer than the memory of the event will remain of central importance.
    Read Vindis’ story on the Baines Report …

    Blind Consumption: Realizing the Full Costs of Oil
    By Jason Brooks
    Brooks is a first year student in the master’s of Global Policy Studies program. He is also a former Marine and an Iraq veteran.

    The Sept. 11 attacks and resulting wars revealed our energy policy’s emphasis on securing cheap fuel at the expense of defense dollars — but the most profound financial impact, the result of the soaring costs of veteran medical and education benefits, has yet to arrive.
    Read Brooks’ story on the Baines Report …

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      Iman Bin Hamad said on Sept. 10, 2011 at 6:44 p.m.
      My Story of 911. Where was I on 911- I was working for the United States Government on Fort Hood, Texas, for a contractor called Tesco/EWA Services. WE were in the FTC on Fort Hood that day waiting for our assignments for the day working on the FBCB2. All of the employees including me were in the trailer at the FTC when, somebody mentioned that there was a terrorist attack in New York, somebody mentioned that a plane has crashed into the World Trade center and that there was mass confusion, we did not have access to the internet or to any communications because we were placed under federal lockdown, which means that we were not allowed to leave the military base. We all stood in suspense and sorrow not knowing what was happening, we thought that this was a world war and that our lives would be in jeopardy and possible we would be harmed or if not killed. Later that day our supervisors advised us and confirmed that New York was attacked by terrorist, we stand still and confused and, not one of us knew what to say or to do, It was a very emotional periods of all our lives, we were together in this time of grief and held each other for comfort, we wanted so badly to be able to see this happening, but we had no access to a television, it was a feeling that I cannot explain a feeling of helplessness. We asked what can we do, we stayed under lock down for many hours, finally we were allowed to leave the Military base, and Fort Hood would never be the same after this day. What we took for granted before would no longer exist. The freedom was taken away from all of us. I am a Muslim but have given my part in the defense of the Military for the United States. May God always be with the families during these times of remembrance and grief? Iman Bin Hamad Muslim Transfer Student Spring 2012
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