One thing that is beyond debate, regardless of ideology, is that the day of September 11, 2001 is a date that change America forever. We all watched in horror as thousands died in the aftermath of the more heinous terrorist attacks we could have possibly imagined. The next weeks were spent listening to stories of heroism and survival as we learned more and more about what happened on board the planes and in the Towers. “Never Forget” became our mantra as Congress tried to do all it could to prevent the horrors of that day from repeating itself.
It was a day that may have destroyed our freedoms forever.
In the aftermath of that day, the PATRIOT Act was signed into law. We learned the phrase “Department of Homeland Security”. We found out about terms like “enemy combatant”. Security became a buzzword as we were told how vital it was to root out the terrorists regardless of where they were.
Today, nine years later, our nation is a different place in many ways. New and innovative ways to supposedly catch terrorists are being applied to ordinary Americans without probable cause. We are being told that to protest invasive measures is essentially giving succor to terrorists who may try to attack. We are hearing of people who are being told that they have no choice in the matter.
Many people have claimed some extraordinary things have happened at the hands of TSA, but John Tyner of Sand Diego, CA was smart enough to record the whole thing on his cell phone. He has written about his experiences, saying: