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Ten Years After 9/11

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It’s been ten years since hijacked commercial airplanes crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The terrorist attacks killed 2,753 people, launched the war in Afghanistan and, indirectly, the war in Iraq. Critics of the Patriot Act — originally passed in the wake of the attacks — say the law violates the civil rights of law-abiding citizens.

No other terrorist attack has been successfully carried out since 9/11. That’s a fact that some say points to the success of the George W. Bush administration’s policies. Others vociferously disagree.

We want to know how the attacks affected you. A decade later, what do you consider the legacy of that fateful day?

How has your perception of the world changed since the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001? Did you or a family member join the military as a result of the attacks? How do you think security or freedoms have been affected over the last ten years?

Editor’s note: Ten years ago, OPB News profiled three Oregon families to see how they were responding to the attacks. We’ll have a member of each family on our show today and hear how their lives and perceptions have changed since then. You can hear the original audio here.


  • Ceci Kauth: Currently cycling across the country in memory of her father who died in the 9/11 attacks
  • Dan Woodward: Former New Yorker, now living in Portland
  • Dale Nance: Physician who volunteered at Ground Zero after the attacks
  • Shariar Ahmed: Member of the Ahmed family, profiled by OPB 10 years ago
  • Henry Travis: Member of the Seimens-Travis family, profiled by OPB 10 years ago
  • Cyndi Dahl: Member of the Dahl family, profiled by OPB 10 years ago
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