9/11: The Intelligence Angle

In commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the International Spy Museum has created these lesson plans and activities to support student understanding of the role that intelligence played leading up to, during, and following the events of that day. This pivotal event has greatly changed the world in which today’s students live. Examining 9/11 through the lens of intelligence provides students with a critical perspective on this historic event: the actions taken by the government connected to the attacks and the consequences of those actions.

These lesson plans and activities are designed to assist teachers in integrating new 9/11 content into the curriculum as well as to explore the following concepts: the balance of national security and civil liberties; the role that intelligence plays in informing policy decisions; and, domestic legislation stemming from national security threats.

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