The 9/11 attacks led to the adoption of new security laws in the United States and an expanded campaign to eradicate terrorism around the world, with far-reaching ramifications from surveillance technology to refugee crises. A recent report from three US activist groups claimed that tech giants like Amazon, Google and Microsoft have profited hugely from US government contracts in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.
As a result of terrorist attacks in the United States, about 3,000 people died. The War Costs Project at Brown University calculated the actual costs incurred by the United States of America, in both monetary and humanitarian terms. Here’s a look at it:
The vast economic impact of the US wars after 9/11 extends beyond the Pentagon’s “emergency overseas operations,” according to the Costs of War project. It led to an expense of over $ 8 trillion and caused an estimated 900,000 deaths, according to his estimates.
At least 37 million people have fled their homes in the eight most violent wars the US military has launched or participated in since 2001, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen, according to the Costs of War project.
The real figure is likely to reach 59 million, the researchers said, noting the “incalculable damage” done to individuals, families, cities, regions, as well as entire countries physically, socially, emotionally and economically.
They say the amount does not include the funds that the US government is obligated to spend on life assistance for American veterans of this war, nor does it include future interest payments on the money borrowed to finance the war.