in the wake of

Would you tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

In the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the US, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) began spying on a number of liberal groups under ambiguous new terror laws, a US Department of Justice report states.

in the wake of = following directly on.

Thank you for your efforts.

Just “following the September 11, 2001 attacks…”