Rhetorical Analysis The fear that was created from 9/11 was no doubt over whelming. Charles Krauthammer argues in this article that we as Americans created this fear ourselves. He goes onto add in this article that was published in the Washington Post on September 8, 2011 that we as Americans overreacted to 9/11. Throughout his article he presents a lot of research and then analyses what he finds. In the article Krauthammer is trying to convince Americans, the reader that we freaked out to 9/11.
America had lots of changes to make the attacks on September 11, 2001. Little did we know that this would affect the nation for years to come. Shortly after the attacks on 9/11 the Government acted very quickly. As stated in an article by Jaeshin Kim, “The Bush Administration launched the bombing of Afghanistan, and Congress passed the USA PATRIOT Act allowing law enforcement powers to detain foreign nationals or immigrants suspected of terrorism” (Kim 1). In situations as these, the President has no option but to quickly react, so he did.
There have been a number of effects on the everyday lives of Americans made by the 9/11 attacks on the U.S. First of all, United States troops invaded Afghanistan less than a month after the World Trade Center attacks to release al-Qaeda’s grip on the Middle East. In 2003, the United States troops invaded Iraq, which was not directly related to the attacks but was an important weapon in the War of Terror. The United States stepped their game up in many departments around the country. They upgraded the airport security, had a lockdown on immigration and deportation, and many more things that could ever be a threat to the U.S. and its
Officials checked the immigration status of many people. Moreover, President George W. Bush created the Patriot Act which expanded the government’s surveillance powers of phone messages and emails. As a result, many Americans were troubled by the unlimited wiretaps and the collection of phone records. Overall, these federal organizations brought a sense of security and increased the power of the
Vice President Dick Cheney was to be in charge of the domestic terrorism investigation group. (9/11 ATTACK ON PENTAGON, 2006) The research conducted was not enough as there were cameras, metal detectors and x-ray machines at Portland yet the hijackers were able to board the planes with prohibited
This paranoia would harbor certain ideals in American brains, creating a specific view and caution for certain areas, actions and personnel. With such paranoia, the public, more specifically, higher officials, demanded more security advancements in order to ensure safety and surveillance against suspicious activity. Seth M. Low wrote in his article, The Erosion of Public Space and the Public Realm, “Before 9/11, when designers talked about
The study presented in the article, “The Sky’s the Limit: A Modern Approach To Airport Security,” by author Andrea Simbro, focuses on the constitutional implications of the government 's use of body scanners at airport screening checkpoints. With the constant growth of technology, airport security devices advance as well, to detect new threats. The author extends by saying that in the effort to detect nonmetallic threats, TSA’s primary method for screening is by utilizing advanced body scanners. In an August 2012, Gallup Poll, approximately 46% of regular travelers stated that current screening procedures were ineffective in preventing acts of terrorism on an aircraft. Passengers also found body scanners to be aggressive, inconvenient, and
Let’s look at what happen post 9/11. After it’s devastation, the Department of Homeland Security was created to assist in fighting the “war” against terrorism. The DHS implemented many “strategies” to help fight this war, including increasing airport security. American parents protested that TSA agents were groping their kids, and “(Janet) Napolitano (former DHS Secretary) defiantly retorted that if people did not want their children groped, they should yield and use the unpopular full-body machines – the machines being sold by her predecessor, (Michael) Chertoff” (Turley, 3). These full body scanners, which Chertoff had a hand in getting into the airports, were “heavily criticized (and little tested)”, and were sold by a company which was a client of Chertoff’s consulting agency (Turley, 3).
Red Scare panic and hysteria began in 1919-1920’s after WWI. Thanks to the Red Scare, the American public became paranoid and suspicious of everyone from Communist Russian. In some cases, neighbors would report neighbors as being Communist spies just because they did not like their neighbor. The modern day terrorism The anti-Muslim panic and hysteria arose after terrorists came to the United States as normal immigrants and used the American education system to train themselves to be aircraft pilots and got support money from those already in the United Sates began with the attacks on the World Trade Center and The Pentagon. Both are the reactions of the American public to acts of war.
The Secure Flight program is a system implemented by the TSA into American airports that identifies people based on information that is already known by them. This information consists of things such as your name, age, race and gender. It then recognizes someone from a database based on this previously known information. When I traveled from Logan International Airport, I was completely unaware that I was being scanned while I was walking around, waiting for my flight. I went through
Had the president ordered a root and branch search of information government agencies had on potential strikes by Al-Qaeda in the US, what was known about Moussaoui and the Arizona flight school would have been of great interest. Perhaps they would have also unearthed an intelligence memo written in 1998 that said, “We also learned that the agencies had uncovered a message between al Qaeda operatives in the United States, dated December 1998, that read, “Plans to hijack U.S. aircraft proceeding well. Two individuals have successfully evaded checkpoints in dry run at NY airport.” Or maybe another memo would have been found that stated, “CIA and the FBI are investigating a call to our embassy in the UAE in May saying that a group of bin Laden supporters was in the U.S. planning attacks with explosives.””(Drew) Unfortunately, none of this happened. 9/11 was the largest attack on U.S. soil since Pearl Harbor. Inexplicably, Bush stood idly by as it unfolded right in front of him, and once the news of such inaction and obstinacy surfaced, Bush fell from grace with both the media and U.S.
Part two, Covert Action, of Overthrow: America’s Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq, by Stephen Kinzer, presents situations in Iran, Chile, South Vietnam, and Guatemala where covert actions were used to abolish governments that the United States claimed had communist influence and intentions. These threats were misguided, but the excuse was used to justify the actions to the public. The true intention of these interventions was to protect American businesses in foreign countries. These interferences are still causing problems for all countries involved. The actions taken in Iran, Chile, South Vietnam, and Guatemala were all to protect businesses in these countries.
US News reports the FISA and USA Patriot Act as a "privacy scandal" (Fox, 2013). NPR News reports the concern of "civil liberty[ies] groups" protesting the USA Patriot Act and the concern for the authorities to demand business records from various companies (Johnson, 2011, p.1). What the media fails to convey to the general public is the intent of these Acts is to combat terrorism and not to invade privacy. Millions of people travel the world every day snapping photos from their digital cameras and iPhones. Perhaps to capture a memory or an unusual event, and sometimes other people in the background.
Bush on November 19, 2001, shortly after the attacks. It was built in direct response to 9/11 and to help prevent similar attacks on the United States in the future. The TSA has multiple levels to it, they have the TSA screening procedures and process, TSA guidelines carry on, and TSA carry on size. The TSA handles all passengers and their baggage security at all of the U.S. airports through TSA’s secure flight program. This process requires that all passengers must show a valid ID at the security checkpoint before boarding the flight.