Even a former CIA director and chief adviser to New York's Terrorism Preparedness Taskforce has described the conflict against Al-Qaeda as the 'fourth world war', and he predicts it will go on for decades. Thus 9/11 has resulted in not just a war on terrorism but also a war on Islamic fanaticism. (News, 2006)
It is said that 9/11 attacks raised the issue to attack Iraq with no satisfactory evidence for weapons of mass destruction and with no evidence of a clear link between Al Qaeda and the Iraqi government. In this, Al Qaeda has become a spectral entity; it is both everywhere and nowhere, and because it can function as an empty signifier it can condense every threat against the United States. (Diken & Laustsen, 2004)
Section 806 of the Patriot Act added a new provision to section 981 that is an obvious response to 9/11. Section 981 (a) (1) (G) authorizes forfeiture of all assets of anyone engaged in terrorism, any property affording any person a 'source of influence' over a terrorist organization, and any property derived from or used to commit a terrorist act. (Cassella, 2002)
Support for the establishment of an Interim Administration in Afghanistan committed to combating terrorism. ...