September 11

Today marks the 10th anniversary of the September 11th, 2001 attacks. Many people have written posts about the history of the attacks, the outrage and shock experienced during the attacks, those who entered the attacked towers to save everybody they could, and other incredibly touching articles.

I remember shortly after the attacks ads were playing on every television channel urging us to continue our lives as normal less the terrorists win. At the same times egregious attacks against our civil rights were being perpetuated by those in Washington D.C. through sickening legislation such as the PATRIOT Act, the Aviation and Transportation Security Act, amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, and other laws that granted the government unlimited power to destroy anybody whom they labeled a terrorist. What’s worse is that these assaults against our civil rights continue to this day with the government using the excuse of terrorism to grab more and more power.

While we spend time remembering those who gave their lives trying to save others we should also take time to remember the aftermath of the attacks. Our government that is supposedly by the people for the people has taken every chance to turn our country founded on freedom into a police state. What’s even more sickening is that our government continues to increase its power over our everyday lives using the excuse of terrorism. After 10 years you would think our government could show some fucking respect for those who did in the 9/11 attacks and stop trying to turn our country into a new Soviet Union. Instead they continue to exploit those deaths in a rabid power grab.

While remembering those who perished during the 9/11 attacks also take a moment to reflect on the actions of our government since then. The terrorists initiated the attacks but our government exploited those attacks which is absolutely disgusting to think about even today. We should honor those whose lives were lose during the 9/11 attacks by working our damnedest to restroe the liberty this country was founded on.