9/11 and Recreancy
The upcoming thirteenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks brings with it new commentary on the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States’ (9/11 Commission) recommendations. The anniversary also brings with it a call to declassify and further investigate claims of alleged Saudi involvement in the attacks. These claims were initially made in the 2002 House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence reports (often referred to as the Joint Inquiry).
To this end, my 2013 article Freudenburg beyond borders: Recreancy, atrophy of vigilance, bureaucratic slippage, and the tragedy of 9/11* deconstructs these two official accounts by way of sociologist Bill Freudenburg’s theory of recreancy, or institutional failure, as it applies to the 9/11 disaster.
* First appeared in Research in Social Problems and Public Policy, 21, pp.201- 223 (Gedenkschrift in honor of William R. Freudenburg, a life in social research, Research in Social Problems and Public Policy, 21).