Monday, September 05, 2011

10 Years After 9/11, Is America A Better Place?
What is the true legacy of 9/11?
Unfortunately, it may be how the American people have responded to that event.
10 years after 9/11, is America a better place?
Sadly, the answer clearly is no.
In the ten years that have passed, a fundamental shift in our culture has occurred. The American people have eagerly given up large amounts of liberty and freedom in exchange for vague promises of increased security.
We were once the land of the free and the home of the brave, but now we are the land of the scared and the home of the slave and we seem to like it that way.
Most of us don't even remember how to act like Americans anymore. American culture has moved so far in the direction of communist China, the USSR and Nazi Germany that it is absolutely frightening. When most of us were growing up, we were taught that the enemies of America were "totalitarian police states" that did not give liberties and freedoms to their people. Well, today nearly everything that we do is watched, monitored, tracked and tightly controlled. 10 years after 9/11, the American people are living in fear, the federal government is run by control freaks and paranoia has become standard operating procedure. What we have allowed to happen to this nation is absolutely shameful.

Do you enjoy living in a police state?

I don't.

Once upon a time, the police were generally friendly and trustworthy. You actually wanted to know police officers and be friends with them.

But today, police in most areas of the country are deeply feared, and for good reason. They are actually taught to be brutal and authoritarian.

All of this comes from the very top. Prior to 9/11, the Department of Homeland Security, "VIPR teams", the Patriot Act, body scanners, "enhanced pat-downs" and "fusion centers" didn't even exist.

A fundamental shift has taken place in America, and it is almost as if a severe mental illness has infected nearly the entire law enforcement community in this country.

The "big black boot" that was supposedly going to keep us all safe is actually destroying this country and everything that it means to be an American.

The following are some questions that you should ask anyone who believes that America has responded to 9/11 in a positive way....

Is America a better place when all of us(including grandmothers and young children) must either go through a body scanner that reveals the intimate details of our naked bodies or endure an "enhanced pat-down" during which our genitals will be touched in order to get on an airplane?

Is America a better place now that TSA "VIPR teams" conduct approximately 8,000 "unannounced security screenings"a year at subway stations, bus terminals, seaports and highway rest stops? Should "out-of-nowhere" security sweeps by thugs in black uniforms at transportation centers and public events just be accepted as "the new normal" in America?
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