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  • The changing policy landscape after 9/11

    The changing policy landscape after 9/11

    Published: Sept. 8, 2011

    Graduate students offer their perspectives on how policy issues such as immigration and national security have evolved over the last decade.

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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