Five Years On
Posted by hyperpat on September 11, 2006
It’s the fifth anniversary of a very dark day. I remember getting up that morning, and walking out in the living room where the news was on the TV. Didn’t think much about it till I saw airplane #2 fly directly into that tower. Quite a wake up call.
In the years since, there have been a few changes in America, ostensibly to try and prevent any recurrence of that day. While some of them have been common sense improvements in the security of basic infrastructures, there have also been changes that I think attack the fabric of America in a far more serious manner than those suicide planes did. What I refer to here are the impositions on some of our basic freedoms: freedom not to be spied on by our own government, freedom of speech (if you don’t think this one has been limited, try yelling ‘bomb!’ in an airport tomorrow), freedom to be considered innocent until proven guilty (every time they inspect your luggage, the premise is that you’re guilty of trying to transport illegal substances), limitations on citizen’s basic rights to know what their government is doing.
In some ways, the terrorists have already won. And that’s a very sad legacy of 9/11.