Why are we remembering this day? Honestly, I don't get it. We got our ass kicked ten years ago.
As a direct result of that ass kicking, we've pissed on the Constitution - mostly via the USA PATRIOT Act. For God's sake, a government agent can merely whisper, "terrorist" and an American citizen can be snatched up and put into a hole, that old rag from the 1700's be damned.
If I want to fly on a private aircraft, I am subjected to government goons fondling me and my family before we're granted boarding privileges. The goons that are doing the fondling are, at the very best, horrible at their jobs. Seventy-five percent of the time when they are tested with fake guns or bombs, they fail. Every single terrorist that has tried to take down a plane since 9/11 GOT ON THE PLANE! They were simply more incompetent than the TSA "professionals" charged with stopping them.
Someone, somewhere, heard some guy in some unknown corner of the world say that a, "credible, but unconfirmed" attack is going to happen in NYC or DC. Real soon. On Friday, they didn't even know the names OR DESCRIPTIONS of the kinda-maybe terrorists.
The result: Checkpoints searching every nook and cranny of every car going into a tunnel or on to a bridge. WTF? Shut 'er down, button 'er up, show me your papers, bub.
It's all Security Theater. The same government that failed to stop the initial attacks because of their incompetence in enforcing our immigration laws, has gone all Jabba The Hut on us. Huge and immobile, but pretty damned powerful. Bordering on omnipotent.
We get codes and color schemes and serious looking officials telling us sheep how they're keeping us alive. "Give a little of your freedom so you can live another day."
Bin Laden won. We're bankrupt both financially and Constitutionally.
Why would I celebrate that?
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