The United States has been in a perpetual state of emergency for nearly 40 years. A specific state of emergency initially enacted after the terror attacks on September 11, 2001 has been in place for 17 years. President Trump has ordered the extension of that act, known as Proclamation 7463.
The extension reads in part, “The threat of terrorism that resulted in the declaration of a national emergency on September 14, 2001, continues. The authorities that have been invoked under that declaration of a national emergency continue to be critical to the ability of the Armed Forces of the United States to perform essential missions in the United States and around the world to address the continuing threat of terrorism.”
During the September 11 attacks of 2001, 2,996 people were killed (including the 19 hijackers ) and more than 6,000 others injured. These immediate deaths included 265 on the four planes (including the terrorists), 2,606 in the World Trade Center and in the surrounding area, and 125 at the Pentagon . The attacks were the deadliest terrorist act in world history , and the most devastating foreign attack on United States soil since the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.