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On September 11, 2001, a series of coordinated attacks were carried out at the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, DC, leaving approximately 3,000 dead in the immediate aftermath. The attacks were carried out by 19 hijackers who took control of four commercial airliners--two struck the World Trade Center, one struck the Pentagon, and a fourth crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The terrorist organization al Qaeda fell under immediate suspicion in the days following the attacks. Although al Qaeda initially denied involvement, their founder Osama Bin Laden, claimed responsibility for the attacks in 2004 citing US support of Israel, the presence of US troops in Saudi Arabia, and US foreign policy towards the Arab world as motives for the attacks. The legal effects of the attacks have been far-reaching during the past decade. In an international military response, President George W. Bush launched the War

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Timeline

5/26/11: Obama signed four-year extension of the Patriot Act

5/2/11: US forces killed Osama Bin Laden in a firefight in Pakistan

4/4/11: Holder announced 9/11 conspirators to face military trials

1/9/11: Obama signed bill barring transfer of Guantanamo detainees to US for trial

12/22/10: Congress approved bill preventing US trial of Guantanamo detainees

8/16/10: US Senator introduced Guantanamo habeas corpus bill

6/21/10: Supreme Court upheld law criminalizing material support for terror organizations against First Amendment challenge

11/13/09: Holder announced federal trials for accused 9/11 conspirators

11/06/09: US Senate defeated proposal to prevent federal prosecution of 9/11 suspects

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