NOTE: There is an updated version (2014) of this post here.
Eleven years ago, America wasn’t engaged in any foreign wars. We deported half as many immigrants as we do today. And getting through airport security was a total breeze.
America’s involvement in the War on Terror – spurred by the 9/11 terrorist attacks- resulted in new attitudes and concerns about defense and vigilance. The change ushered in a series of government policies like the USA Patriot Act that prioritized national security, often at the expense of civil liberties.
Here are three of the many dramatic transformations brought on by the events of 9/11: Continue reading