Terrorism: Safety vs Freedom

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“The danger that darkened the United States of America and the civilized world on September 11, did not pass with the atrocities committed that day”. (Ashcroft, 2003) The terrors of 9/11 caused increased security that comes at a cost that many feel is an invasion of their charter rights. The idea of racial profiling is not new, but many feel worse than ever in today’s anti-Muslim society. This habit of losing civil liberties in the wake of terror is to some an unnecessary change that is unallowable, but leaves many wondering if we should sacrifice our freedom for safety.

The terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, revealed a deficiency in the procedures of the airline security system. In an effort to address these concerns the “War on Terror” (Winterdyk/king, 2010) was born. This unleashed a new style of screening processes, including Bill C-36. Bill C-36 granted the American government and security agencies the power to implement a new wave of security processes that include the ATI (Advanced Imaging Technology). The change in security technology, as well as the increased threat level, has led to the need for increased security procedures in airports. The ATI’s have been hailed the greatest advancement in security screening technology (TSA security, 2011) and 80% of the public supports the increased security measures. (TSA security, 2011) Many family members affected by 9/11 are expressing support of the pat-downs, including Carie Lemack, whose mother was killed in American Airlines flight 11. She said, “I'm glad we're not waiting for more blood to be on our hands before we take the kind of security measures we need to take”. (Lemack, 2010)

The ATI’s are imaging tools that airport security staff uses to detect bombs or wea...

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