The Efficacy of the Heightened Security Measures in the Cities of the United States in Celebration of the Tenth Anniversary Weekend of 9/11 Tragedy
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On September 9, 2011 an article by Eric Schmitt and Scott Shane was published in the New York Times (www.nytimes.com) about heightened security measures taking effect in United States cities to prepare for the tenth anniversary weekend of 9/11. Along with the fact that a notebook found within the compound of Osama bin Laden mentioned a possible terrorist attack to take place this weekend, recent information from a Middle East informant lends authorities of the United States government to take extra precautions.
The only information known is that there may have been a plot by Al Qaeda to take place in America. And that the two Arab-Americans that may have been suspected had recently come back to the United States from Afghanistan in the past few weeks. While officials are having difficulty tracking down the suspects, New York and Washington have both taken actions to search subways and bridges as well as vehicles for bombs. Several officers involved in investigating have voiced the opinion that while it could turn out to be wrong, the vague threat is one that must be taken seriously, especially at a time like this. Another possibility is that Al Qaeda allowed these statements to be “leaked for the purpose of scaring Americans.
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Mayor Bloomberg of New York City commented by stating the importance of going on with our everyday lives as usual: “… don’t let the terrorists take away our rights without any terrorism.” He assured the people that every effort is being made to investigate and prevent this threat. At a time when Americans are already experiencing an uncertain but ominous fear throughout their own country. It makes sense that terrorists would recognize a prime opportunity to accomplish what they are best at: terror. This fear exists only because of them, and they feel that they have a chance to again have a moment of glory in making Americans feel uncomfortable in our own homes. However, Mayor Bloomberg makes an important point. The goal of a terrorist is to limit our lives and take away our rights as well as induce fear. We make it too easy for them if we hide away and panic when no attack is actually happening.
Al Qaeda has created an unseen but recognized emotional pressure on the citizens of the United States by exploiting their vulnerability once and alluding to the possibility that they could do it again. As a nation, we need to show that we will not be controlled by terror. If they were really planning an attack, why would they let Americans know about it beforehand? The terrorists want to prove that they can make us afraid without actually doing anything.
We should rely on our government for protection and on the fact. That they are doing everything possible to make us secure this weekend and grant us peace of mind. The main difference between this supposed “plot” and the attack in 2001 is that we, the people, have knowledge of this threat beforehand while last time we were caught off guard. That was one of the things that was most traumatic: not knowing what was going on. However, we have learned from the past. We should be proud to live in such a country where our government strives to such heights to ensure our security and at the same time we should show our enemies that now they will have to work much harder to take away our freedom.