Annotated Bibliography of Government Documents Related to the Threat of Terrorism and the Attacks of September 11, 2001
This bibliography is intended to serve as a means of access to the copious and wide-ranging gamut of information produced by the United States Government concerning the complex web of relations enmeshing the United States, the Greater Middle East (the Middle East, north and east Africa, and central Asia) and the terrorist threat to U.S. persons and interests that has emerged from that region in recent decades.
Initially intended to point researchers to materials specifically concerning the events of 11 September 2001, the bibliography has grown to over 700 pages of entries representing a range of materials that, while spread across several decades and across large geographical regions, cannot be divorced from the phenomenon of terrorist acts committed against the U.S. (more below).
[All reports are in the Adobe PDF format, and open in a new window. Most of the links in the PDFs are active. Click on them to visit the actual document or publication.]
Terrorism and the American Homeland
- Aftermath of the Attacks of 11 September 2001 (282k)
- Emergency Preparedness (196k)
- Infrastructure and Federal Facilities Security (372k)
- Homeland Security Efforts and Domestic
- Weapons of Mass Destruction (613k)
The International Context of Terrorism
- International Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism (268k)
- International Relations, Policy and Treaties Beyond the Middle East Region (201k)
- U.S. Interests, Policies and Relations in the Greater Middle East (481k)
- The Turbulent Middle East and the Arab-Israeli Peace Process (286k)
- Terrorist Groups: Ideologies, Methods, Failing States and Anti-Western Sentiment (290k)
The “War on Terrorism”
- Executive Responses (309k)
- Legislation (701k)
- U.S. Military Services and the Use of Force (265k)
- Organizing the Government to Combat Terrorism (345k)
- Afghanistan (189k)
- Iraq (380k)
Unlike so many of the nations of the world, the United States considers fundamental the right of its citizens to know what their government is doing, the justification for its actions, and the ramifications of its policies. To this end, the U.S. produces almost unfathomable quantities of informational materials that are freely available to the public through the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) and increasingly on the Internet. This bibliography presents a sampling of the materials available through the FDLP and on the Internet, but I do not claim that it is exhaustive—no document of this kind could be.
The documents included in this bibliography cover a broad range of subjects and were produced by many government entities. They appear in varied formats and were produced for differing reasons. They show how the U.S. has dealt with terrorism in the past, the political circumstances of past terrorist incidents, how the U.S. has prepared for future incidents, present American weaknesses regarding the prevention of and reaction to violent acts, the likely nature of future attacks, and from whence future terrorist actions are likely to come.