First Advisor

Clayton, Daniel

Second Advisor

Schmidt, Terry


Regis College

Degree Name



Regis College Senior Honors Program

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

97 pages


How could the devastating Islamist terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 occur on American soil? The answer lies in part in the failed policies of the US government in the fields of anti-terrorism and counterterrorism. I will argue that the implementation of the recommendations of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (9/11 Commission) is best way to prevent future terrorist attacks from occurring on American soil. The recommendations of this commission should be implemented because of the expertise of those involved in the commission, as well as the bipartisan support in Congress for these essential recommendations. Collectively, such action will strengthen the ability of the United States to fulfill its most basic function, which is to protect the American people. To prepare for the future as well as evaluate the past, I will examine the policies of the federal government in the following areas: Homeland Security, Intelligence, Diplomacy, and Overseas Security.

Date of Award

Spring 2008

Location (Creation)

Denver, Colorado

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