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Understanding some of the mechanics of what happened on September 11, 2001, and how that affected America and the world is important for understanding homeland security law and policy. For history and background, the 9/11 Commission Report is the official version of the events. Columbia University’s The World Trade Center Attack: The Official Documents, and City University of New York/George Mason University’s The September 11th Digital Archives both have a wealth of information.

The Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL) is “the nation’s premier collection of documents related to homeland security policy, strategy, and organizational management.”

Here is a poignant video with music by Enya

Up From Zero, a 1-hour video from the U.S. Department of Labor, is an uplifting profile of the tradespeople who removed what was left of the World Trade Center after 9/11/2001. A remarkable story in itself, made even more so because some of the same workers also helped to build it years earlier. It is divided in to 4 short segments.

The Boston Marathon bombing on April 15, 2013, is the topic of a remarkable 14-minute video by Chris Bellavita and the CHDS media team. Lilacs out of the dead land: 9 lessons to be learned from last week, introduces many of the issues relevant to understanding homeland security.

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