Fifteen years later, Congressman Will Hurd remembers.
He was about a year into CIA career; he was one of the first in the unit that ended up prosecuting the war in Afghanistan.
“If you would’ve told me, at that time, it would’ve been 15 years before another attack on the homeland, I would’ve said ‘you’re crazy’,” Hurd told KTSA News.
He remembers the weeks leading up to Tuesday, September 11, 2001.
“Folks had knots in their stomachs because they were concerned something was going to happen, but we couldn’t understand what,” he said.
From then to now, he said, information and intelligence sharing has greatly improved.
“But the threat from ISIS is a little difference than the threat from Al-Qaeda,” he said. “We need to be doing a better job of countering the ideology of Islamic Extremism.”
He said a full court press and bringing the hammer to certain regions will help ensure a major attack doesn’t happen again on the homeland.