How 9/11 Changed America

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September 11, 2001, a day of grief and courage. Many men and women risked their lives that day: firefighters, police, and civilians. The United States was attacked by cruel people for unjust reasons. We were attacked by a terrorist group known as Al-Qaeda. While the day was coming to an end, many were feeling overwhelmed and terrified. People feared that their loved ones were dead under the fallen towers unidentified. 9/11 changed the outlook of civilians in both the United States and around the world forever (History).
On September 11, 2001, the United States was attacked by terrorists. They seized four airplanes mid-flight. The terrorists flew two of the planes into two skyscrapers at the World Trade Center in New York City. As a result,
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A few things that were greatly impacted are immigration and deportation, stricter security in airports, and government surveillance. Bush’s Administration created the Department of Homeland Security and its deportations have increased since 9/11. Between 1999 and 2001 the United States deported 200,000 people each year. When Obama became President in 2009-2010 that doubled into 400,000 a year; half of those deported were convicted of a crime. Prior to 9/11 going through an airport and taking off your shoes to go through a metal detector, or to even go through a metal detector was uncommon; Pat downs rarely happened. Passengers were allowed to take a box of knives or blades, however, they could not be longer than four inches. After 9/11 security began to focus more on airline safety. TSA mandated new security measures such as screening and medical detectors. Lastly, the United States increased surveillance. The 9/11 attack woke up the government; they increased surveillance through networks of phone and web surveillance. There are more than 16 spy agencies and more than 107,000 employees that work in the U.S. surveillance community. The National Security Agency violated thousands of privacy laws since 2008. The government made itself ready in case anything like 9/11 were to happen

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