George Bernard Shaw once said, “Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” Everyone is the way he or she is for a number of reasons. Sometimes things that happen in someone’s personal life majorly influences them; other times world events have a lasting impact on a person. Many things may influence a life, but in my case, the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, an ongoing recession, and the legality of same-sex marriage have taken a great impact on me, my life, and my views.
“I know several years after these attacks, travel went down to these places; these high impact place that people were afraid of being bombed or attacked again.” This quote from an American citizen made years after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon shows that fear still lives in America even years later. This person also expressed how as a child and even as a young adult they were not afraid to fly. After the attacks on 9/11, they have yet to get back in an airplane. When she goes on vacation she only drives.
Sixteen years prior from today a disaster fell upon the United States called 9/11.This day brought to light all kinds of security issues that needed to be fix immediately. It was additionally a defining moment for American airlines and how they handle security, for instance they made new associations, plane upgrades. 9/11 was the day that Americans understood that their shores were no longer protected from terrorism. After that day, United States began to up their security and hope that a day like 9/11 could never happen again.
Before the terrible event of 9/11 many United States citizens could agree that they felt generally safe living in the U.S. People could live their lives and not worry about an attack against them or their love ones. Everyone was friendly and opened to each other because there was no fear. But, unfortunately the views of everyday living have changed as a result of the attacks on the United States. The continued threat of terrorism has affected the lives of Americans in negative ways. 9/11 has made a big impact and has effected U.S citizens for many reasons.
The money spent on protecting our country has went up greatly of the years since 9-11.(Green, 2014, para. 7) 9-11 made people to question if our country is really secure. This caused the government to make a lot of polices to help make our country safe for the people living there. These polices focused on security, immigration, defense and etc.
Airports now take full measure against any security risks and have invested a lot of money into the safety of traveling via planes. Immigration after 9/11 has become a bigger thought than it already was. The funding to enforce immigration has increased drastically since this day and hasn’t stopped. One thought is that if the deportation of criminals increases than we are one step closer to fighting terrorism. Pabst
As a result of this the Department of Homeland Security created the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) just 2 short months later. The TSA has implemented many rules and regulations when it comes to baggage or even food and beverages that can be brought onto an aircraft. These rules are to help prevent any further attacks or hijackings. II. Problem
9/11: The Day That Changed America Forever On September 11, 2001, nineteen terrorists boarded four planes, all transcontinental flights full of jet fuel. 9/11 became the first of many hijackings in the United States. The terrorists turned two flights into flying weapons of destruction, knocking down America’s tallest buildings. The third plane rammed into the Pentagon and the fourth plane was crashed into a field in Pennsylvania.
One of the agencies that were granted higher power in the name of security was the Transportation Security Agency (TSA). They implemented securities check points within all US ports. Previously families could either bid farewell or greet their love ones at the gate of their flight. Now this TSA security check points prohibit non-flying costumers to be anywhere in the airport that may possibly have access to an aircraft. The TSA also restricted the type and quantities of items the individuals could take in their carryon luggage into the airplane cabins.
America and its citizens America is a country where citizens are proud to live and be a part of the great culture. Through many hardships, including the Vietnam War, the Gulf War, 9/11, and Afghanistan, the American population has bonded together and shown that no matter what happens, they will overcome adversity. Time and time again, Americans have proven to the world that nothing will keep them down. When a country is threatened as a whole, specifically America during the events on 9/11, the citizens come together, and they will express a great deal of patriotism while showing their worries towards national security.
“9/11 changed America fundamentally, far more so than outsiders realized at the time. For Americans it genuinely was a new Pearl Harbour, an attack on the homeland that made them feel vulnerable for the first time in 60 years,” (Powell, 2003). The terrorist attacks of 9/11 affect America today because they instigated the creation of the Department of Homeland Security and the “War on Terror,” and led to an increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes. “Often referred to as 9/11, the attacks resulted in extensive death and destruction, triggering major U.S. initiatives to combat terrorism and defining the presidency of George W. Bush,” (9/11, 2010). The most noticeable of these effects was the creation of the Department of Homeland Security.
Did you know that the 9/11 attack was not the first terrorist attack on the World Trade Center? On the 11th of September in the year 2001, Islamic terrorists hijacked four commercial airplanes and crashed two of them in the World Trade Center in New York City. One of the other planes was crashed into the Pentagon in Virginia while the last plane was driven to the ground in a field in Pennsylvania. 9/11 changed American society by improving security but also by increasing ongoing wars. Immigration and deportation were also increased because of 9/11. Since 9/11, drastic changes have been made to improve security and surveillance. Ongoing wars are now more frequent as well as immigration along with deportation. Discrimination has also increased
Civil liberties have been affected since the 9/11 events by the Patriot Act. According to N.A. (2003) “The Patriot Act decided to trade away certain civil liberties in exchange for what it hoped would be more security”. As said, the act meanwhile is concerned on providing effective security measures for people in the country, has encroached on freedoms. Like any restrictive law, it has been controversial. For example “many immigrants who had lived in the United States for decades have been rounded up and deported for minor visa violations, not for any connection to terrorism” stated N.A. (2003).
I believe that Canada was worried after 9/11. They could have been attacked because they were allies of us. They might have worried that their airplanes were hijacked also. 500 airplanes from around the world were en route to the United States. Planes with enough fuel were told to return to their airport of origin, and the rest was diverted to airports across Canada. Fearing the attacks may not be over and worried that other planes could be turned into “destructive missiles,” Transport Canada instructed NAV CANADA (the agency that handles air traffic control) not to redirect planes to large urban areas, such as Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.