How 9/11 and the Patriot Act Affected America

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How 9/11 and The Patriot Act affected America What happened on September 11, 2001, will never be forgotten and is now considered one of the worst terrorism tragedies in American history. Consequently, it had made Americans grow closer together in the wake of the tragedy. Ever since the beginning, America has faced many significant changes, but ever since the atrocity of 9/11, America has made many changes that made an impact to most Americans. For instance, the events of 9/11 may have had a greater impact on our economy, but it also affected the lives of ordinary Americans. In this paper we will examine the impact of 9/11 on Americans and the U.S. economy and why the U.S. responded to the terrorism by enacting the USA Patriot act to “protect” America, which had become a big controversial issue to Americans. Another topic we will discuss is the negative effects of the Patriot Act such as violating Americans civil liberties and how the government stereotyped and secretly arrested Arab or Muslim citizens. The tragedy of 9/11 has impacted America in many ways and ever since then, America has made a lot of changes to prevent another tragedy, such as the national security which is tighter than it has ever been in recent years, especially in airports. According to Jennie Wood’s article, she mentions that the airport has way too many restrictions on what to bring in the plane for every traveler, such as, “Liquids and toiletries have to be a certain size and placed in clear, sealed bags. No food or bottled water is allowed through security. Passengers are selected at random for more intense screenings.” (Wood) In addition, over the years since 9/11, airport security has tried to come up with new, drastic changes, such as new equipment and procedures and in some ways it has impacted many Americans. Furthermore, there is also an impact on the physical and psychological

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