Two things that have greatly affected personal liberties of people today are the USA Patriot Act and the National Security Agency. Personal freedoms have never been the same since the day everything changed and all of these new acts and agencies were put into place. The governments response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks has resulted in violations of personal freedoms. On October 7th, 2001 the United States launched the war on terrorism. While terrorist attacks were nothing new and have been going on for a long time, after September 11th, 2001 everything changed.
After 9/11, the political system of America took a turn for the worst; democracy declined and the rights of many American citizens were taken away. Additionally, the economy took a large blow at the crash of the World Trade Centre and subsided even further due to the nation’s equally aggressive response of “war against terrorism.” As costly as the administrated counter attacks administrated were for the economy, it was just as critical for the social systems of the United States. There is no question as to how traumatizing the event of September 11 was to America. However, it is not solely this one-day event that changed the country. The American government made critical errors in their response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks which led to significant political, social, and economic damage to the United States.
However, the truths about the attacks on 9/11 are much more frightening. On September 11th, 2001, the United States government betrayed its citizens by allowing the destructive attacks on the Twin Towers, WTC-7, the Pentagon, and Shanksville. At 8:46 a.m., the United States witnessed the first terroristic attack of many to come when American Airlines flight 11 crashed into the World Trade Center’s North Tower in New York City. Flight 11 impacted the tower between floors 93 and 99 ... ... middle of paper ... ...7, the Pentagon, and Shanksville. Things outcome of events cannot be changed now, but the American people can be informed as to what the government is capable of doing to its own people.
These words were spoken by President George W. Bush after the the United States of America was rocked by the unexpected attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11th, 2001. This day undoubtedly marked a significant turning point in American history. After spending years transfixed by the Cold War mentality, America was facing a new threat: terrorism. Until the events of 9/11, America viewed terrorist groups such as Al-Qaeda as equally threatening as criminals such as arsonists,
These attacks were a changing point in American society because it increased the security in American airports, started a war in Iraq and Afghanistan which have continued for moare than ten years, brought out racism and discrimination against Muslim and Islamic people, and demonstrated American patriotism. Before the attacks of September 11th, 2001, the level of security in American airports was far more unsecure then the U.S. government was aware of. Little did the U.S. government know that all a person needed to bypass security, and gain access to secure areas of the airport was a fake law enforcement badge and credentials. Another area in American airport security left behind was the ability of security screeners who were commonly trained poorly and therefore unable to identify objects such as bombs, knives, guns, etc. However, it only took one event to turn this all around.
Bush's Speech to the Nation: Regaining Confidence On September 11 2001, the American public's image of continental security was shattered in the form of terrorist hijacked passenger planes slamming first into the world trade center towers in New York and then the Pentagon in Washington DC. America prior to the incident had been a peaceful unsuspecting economic giant. "Americans have known wars -- but for the past 136 years, they have been wars on foreign soil, except for one Sunday in 1941" (Bush par.11). The week following the suicide jet liner attacks found Americans filled with anger, fear, and a missing sense of direction. The public was at a complete loss concerning why the tragic act occurred and the steps that were being taken to overcome it.
After the September 11th terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre by the Islamic radical group al-Qaeda and the 2001 Anthrax attacks on two senators and several news media offices, congress rushed to pass the USA Patriot Act, which roughly is an Act to deter and punish acts of terrorism in the United States and around the world, to enhance law enforcement investigatory tools, and for other purposes. After these unrelated terrorist attacks happened within weeks of each other congress knew reform legislature was needed. Many Historians such as Brett Rubio believe that the USA Patriot Act infringed upon American’s civil liberties while the U.S. Government more specifically the Justice Department believed it was necessary course of action to prevent future acts of terrorism. The Patriot Act was put in place in order to allow the Department of Justice to foil terrorist attacks following September 11th and anthrax attack, but the act is at the expense of American’s civil liberties such as invasion of privacy and racial profiling Arab and Muslim people. Since it’s introduction, The Patriot Act has been praised heavily by the FBI and other Department of Justice agencies that have praised it’s ability to assist investigations and prevent terrorism through greater inter-agency cooperation, roving wiretaps, larger broader warrants, and the ability to go after providers for terrorist cells to name a few.
National Identification Card Abstract After the September 11th attack on America, our nation was running from being brave to becoming part of a panic society. Therefore our government has brought up the issue of having a National Identification System that has a National ID Card. So they can detect who’s legal and who’s not, and hopefully can prevent future terrorist attacks on America. Sounds like a good idea, but behind the curtain there exist another story even more dreadful than the attack. When the issue was brought up people around the nation’s people have split into many sections.
The September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America divided two nations, yet knit one closer like the attacks on Pearl Harbor. There were many events that lead up to 9/11 that were only the beginning. The attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001 was the finale. George Bush wrote in his diary, “The Pearl Harbor of the 21st century happened today…” (George Bush). This attack was a surprise, just like Pearl Harbor, but the U.S. reacted swiftly and effectively.
United States Involvement in Organized Conspiracy Was the war in Iraq a means to improve national security or a conspiracy to seek personal satisfaction? On March 19, 2003 a war was waged under public scrutiny, to destroy the Baathist regime headed by the Iraqi leader, Saddam Hussein. This pivotal point in United States history marked the beginning of public concern about political corruption within our government as a means to convey personal satisfaction. National security became the ground breaking concern in the United States after the tragic events unfolded on September 11, 2001. Many questions were brought to the attention of the public eye, such as why the September 11 attacks weren’t diffused prior to the deaths of innocent Americans.