The Impact 9/11 Had on America
The events that took place on September 11th 2001 showed America that we need to expect the unexpected and prepare for the future. On this day, 19 terrorists from a group called al-Qaeda hijacked 4 commercial passenger planes. Two of them were crashed into the Twin Towers of New York City’s World Trade Center. The third plane was crashed into The Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. The fourth plane they say was intended to be crashed into the White House itself, but the plane landed in Pennsylvania instead. Following 9/11, the U.S. government took many steps to try to make the country safer, such as heightened airport security, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Patriot Act.
Since airplanes became the weapon of choice for the terrorists, there is now more airport security. Responsibility for airport security screening after 9/11 was handed over to the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Passengers since then have been subjected to much more vigorous screening procedures. “Some security measures require passengers to remove their shoes and jackets before walking through x-ray machines” (Delgadillo). These new procedures allow for TSA workers to screen passengers in a more detailed way, to find out what exactly a person is carrying with them and to avoid any suspicious items from boarding a plane. Aside from more airport security, the Department of Homeland Security was also created after 9/11 to make the country a safer place.
The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) “is a Cabinet department composed of several different divisions that work to protect the United States from terrorists and natural disasters. It was created as a response to the attacks of 9/11” (Mabee 390). Many agencies came together to form one single cabinet to protect our country from large attacks. The DHS works directly with law enforcement, state and local leaders, community-based organizations, private sectors and...
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