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Sep 11, 2013

After 9/11, they may take their purses but never their freedom

The United States has traded liberty for security, with a vast domestic spying program and unprecedented security measures. Does that mean the terrorists have won?

Andrew Murfett — Freelance journalist in Florida

Andrew Murfett

Freelance journalist in Florida

As the United States today marks the 12th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, there is a growing sense of unease. Those here accustomed to long lines and inconvenience in various aspects of their existence are finding, say, the act of attending a major public event much more difficult of late.

Take the opening day of the recent US Open tennis tournament at New York’s Flushing Meadow. Play that morning was conducted in front of half-empty grandstands. Outside, fans endured a two-hour wait thanks to organisers’ newly implemented security procedure.

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4 thoughts on “After 9/11, they may take their purses but never their freedom

  1. ianjohnno

    Franklin, Jefferson, Lincoln and Eisenhower would not approve.

  2. Coaltopia

    Iron mixed with clay? Or is God really dead and the US hasn’t got the memo? #Übermensch

  3. AR

    Why am I reminded of a certain Bavarian town?

  4. klewso

    For years this anniversary has been such a big media event – did it pass this year without their remark? I’d forgotten about it til today.

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