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Elise Myers 2nd hour SEPTEMBER 11th

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Transcript of Elise Myers 2nd hour SEPTEMBER 11th

Imagine what it's like to believe you're safe in your own country until a violent and devastating event proves that you're much more vulnerable than you thought.

It strengthened the U.S. military.
It united the spirits of Americans.
This is what it was like for Americans
on the day of September 11th, 2001.
September 11th, 2001, was one of the most tragic days in American history, on which Islamic terrorist group Al-Qaeda hijacked four passenger planes and changed them into weapons, targeting well-known United States landmarks and taking the lives of almost 3,000 in the process. We as Americans learned a lot and changed our values and beliefs due to this tragedy, but how?
The events of September 11th did harm the United States, but as tragic as they were, they also helped us as well.
It made our country safer with enforced security and surveillance.
Some people might say that September 11th did nothing to help our country -- it was a tragic day of loss and death, it was very costly and damaging to the economy, and the United States was greatly harmed by its effects.
Although it did have its negative impact, it also greatly changed our country for the better in a number of ways. We learned our lesson from it, and thus changed our ways in order to prevent anything like it from happening again.
"Since September 11th, 2001, 1.9 million U.S. service members have deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq, or support operations overseas..." (Freedberg).
Lots of soldiers were willing to take part in the mission to find those who planned the attacks and support those affected by them.
"Never before has the Army had so many soldiers with so much experience..." (Freedberg).
After September 11th, lots of people were eager to join the military to help in the fight for justice.
"In 2004, Congress authorized as many as 30,000 soldiers to cover the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan..." (Freedberg).
The military was quick to act after the attacks, wanting to find those who planned he attacks as soon and quickly as they could.
"For years, visiting Europeans have been either alarmed or delighted, according to temperament, to discover that boarding an airliner in America is as easy as boarding a train back home: bags checked at the kerb, tickets issued at the flash of a driving licence, minimal or no inspection of cabin baggage. This, it now sadly emerges, was a fool's paradise" ("The Day the World Changed").
Before September 11th, airport security was not very tight or secure. After now knowing what can happen, we have made the requirements for boarding a plane far beyond just walking through a metal detector.
"Attorney General John Ashcroft is said to be actively considering permanent video surveillance in public places and issuing "smart cards" to all Americans, which the surveillance devices can read electronically so as to distinguish citizen from non-citizen, to keep a record of the movements of citizens themselves in public places and to have quick access to personal data linked to each of the 'smart cards'" (Ahmad).
The country is hoping to keep closer track of its peoples' whereabouts and survey them more closely to prevent any disasters from happening.
"It is also being contemplated that certain immigrants, chosen by intelligence at will, be required to report their activities regularly, like ordinary criminals on bail, and that airport security personnel be authorized to interrogate particular passengers at will and do on-the-spot checks of their private baggage without having to explain why and what they are being suspected of" (Effects of September 11th).
Suspicious immigrants may start being closely monitored and frequently checked by the government if they believe they may stir up trouble.
"Despite everything, the country rallied. Across the United States, people have queued to give blood, to offer help. Airports and stockmarkets have been closed, but there is an urgent desire to return to normality, to carry on and not be cowed. In the country at large there is nothing of hysteria or panic. The mood is grief, purpose, unity, and anger under control" (McCabe).
Citizens across the country rushed to help as much as they possibly can, hoping to work together to get things back to normal as soon as possibly.
"'September 11 will always be remembered as a day of sorrow,' one said, 'but it should also be remembered as a day of courage by the people in the sky above Pennsylvania, by New York's 'bravest and finest' and by the average American helping someone in need. The terrorists may have destroyed the World Trade Center, but they united a nation's spirit'" (McCabe).
The entire nation will remember September 11th not only for the grief and sadness, but also for the courage and the newfound strength that brought its people together.
"The immediate result of September 11th was a surge in national unity. The country was draped in flags. Wal-Mart sold 116,000 of them on September 11th and 250,000 the day after" ("America's Longest War")
Lots of Americans were very quick to show their love and support for their country and for those affected by the events of September 11th.
September 11th was a tragedy that greatly affected our country in bad ways, but also in good ways. It changed the values and beliefs of our citizens, making them realize that our previous safety methods were not safe enough and that we needed to work together to protect our country. It brought the nation together, and they all learned to value their country and its citizens much more than they ever had before.
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