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"Those who would trade some of their personal freedoms in for security will neither receive, nor deserve neither." Benjamin Franklin.
On the morning of Sept, 11 2001 people in american cities were starting their days like any other. People were going to work, kids were going to school, and Sept 11th was shaping up to be like Sep 10th, and like the days before it. New York city was no different; and as the inhabitants bustled about in the streets, going about their daily lives, oblivious to the tragedy that would befall them, New Yorkers sitting in the top offices of the world trade center towers also had no idea what was about to happen.
At 8:45 a.m. the first plane struck the north tower. Everything just stopped at that moment, and the whole world focused it's attention on what had just transpired. Confusion ensued, and for the next fifteen minutes no one new if the crash into the tower was a deliberate act, or a careless malfunction. That was until a second plane crashed into the south tower, changing the way we would conduct our daily lives forever.
The worst terror attack on U.S. soil had happened that morning, and immediately there was a call for more security. "President Bush responded by declaring an act on terror and senators began working on legislation to produce a bill to give more power to law officials and "to prevent and investigate acts of terrorism in the United States."" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Patriot_Act. A ten page bill that was put forth with the best intentions has broadened the reach of the executive branch and given too much power to the FBI when it comes to search and seizure. This page was taken from https://www.cdt.org/security/usapatriot/brochure.pdf. It's called What's Wrong Wi...


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...,000 on it. This is a far cry from $1.3 trillion dollars it has taken to finally kill him. When a terrorist organization attacks it does so with the intent of disrupting a peoples lives, and changing they way they live. With just 19 men and 4 airplanes he has achieved just this very thing. Every major gathering has a tension about it. We are left wondering in the back of our minds, "could this be it?" The way we travel has changed, securities have increased to the detriment of the average flier and we are no safer now than we were ten years ago. We are giving away our liberties a little at a time. It's time to do something about it. When we as a people find it necessary to give away parts of our freedom of speech, or our freedom of due process--in the cases of extreme danger--we lose against those who've attacked us, and those we are supposed to be fighting against.


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