Tell Us: Is America Safer Since the September 11 Attacks?

We want to know what you think. Tell us in the comment section.


Today we remember those who died in the September 11 attacks and their families. In the past 11 years much has changed, but are we any safer?

The attacks served as the starting point for the War on Terror which sent millions of men and women into battle, drastic changes in security, economic affects, cultural and foreign policy changes. The day also marked the start of a manhunt, the arrests of several al-Quaeda members, and eventual capture of Osama bin Laden.

Today, we reflect on what happened on that horrific morning and all that has happened since.

We want to know what you think: Is America a safer place today?

Jerry Sheehan September 11, 2012 at 12:01 PM
Absolutley not! Our lives are in more danger, especially with the Communist imposter serving as our president! We have no borders, illegal immigrants have more rights than citizens, we are humiliated in our own airports, we live in a police state. Nobody trusts anyone anymore, class warfare is greater than ever before, our military is being dismantled, our country is bankrupt thanks to corrupt politicians. I'm sorry but 9/11 was the beginning of our downfall and just an excuse for our government for the government and not for the poeple to basically steal all they can and ruin the counntry. Very few in government are left to protect and service the american people i'm afraid to say.
gene September 11, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive! That's the good news. But it was Bush, Rove, Ashcroft, and Rumsfeld that gave us the police state we are in. So, today America is safer but at a price
louise September 11, 2012 at 12:29 PM
I think what people fail to realize is that we were never really that safe. We just thought we were. I agree with Louis. I believe we are a bit safer but at a cost. I also believe a lot of security measures that have been enacted are there simply to create an illusion of safety. Which brings me right back to my first point.
Saber Walsh September 11, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Louise and Louis make good points. We were never really all that safe, and our "PC-ness" and inability to manage our borders makes us less safe, every day. Eleven years ago, gangs were groups we saw on TV, but now they are in Peabody Square. Government continues to get bloated in areas where the administration can pay back favors, but nobody heard much about the Dept of Homeland Security cuts, did they? And how about law enforcement -- there are NO jobs whatsoever. I will never forget September 11, but as our government continues to spend money on what benefits the politicians and not the people, it appears that most of America has already forgotten.
Don Bannon September 11, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Jerry, Jerry, Jerry did you just wake up on 9/11? Our country is not a static entity, but a dynamic nation. Be careful who you call a communist, thats right out of old Joe McCarthys play book of dirty tricks. If you need something to worry about take a look at the angry dirty money flooding this coming election. Please look into anger management, ok. Don
bjean September 11, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Maybe it would not have happen if Bill Clinton had interrupted his game of golf to authorize the: killing of Bin Laden. Priorities, priorities.
bjean September 11, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Gangs are in Peabody sq. Because of a the apartments and affordable, housing. You know they're not living in the splits or ranches in the other parts of town. Try driving past the Higgins at 2:30. Its not pretty!
Voice of Reason September 11, 2012 at 05:38 PM
I don't know what classified steps have been taken by our government to ensure our safety since 9/11 but I do believe individual citizens have taken more responsibility. When I hear about passengers aboard a plane tackling someone who is causing a disturbance, persons aboard a rapid transit line doing the same thing in an emergency, it makes me feel good. We are all more vigilant and proactive today than we were eleven years ago. Whether it's enough, I don't know but we all feel more accountable now.
john September 11, 2012 at 07:22 PM
We are probably a little safer based on the high level of security all over the country but the terrorists will always have the advantage. The smarter they get the less effective our security becomes. Another attack is impossible to stop if it is planed correctly.
gene September 11, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Maybe if the Bush family wasn't business partners with bin Laden it would not have happened. Money, Money, Money - Priorities
Sean Ward September 11, 2012 at 09:52 PM
I feel a little safer but the cost is too high. There are cameras watching us everywhere we go. Everything we do and everywhere we go is being recorded. An honest citizen can't buy a bag of fertilizer without ending up in a database somewhere. If we utter the wrong word on a phone call or check out the wrong kind of book from a library we end up on a watch list. We are treated like criminals at the airport to create the illusion of not profiling. In my opinion the terrorists are winning. It was our freedom and liberty that they hated us for in the first place. They have managed to remove alot of that.
Sean Ward September 11, 2012 at 09:55 PM
While we're on the topic I believe the bigger source of not feeling safe comes from domestic issues. Sex offenders, repeat violent offenders, and drunk drivers are constantly being let back out into public and spread throughout all communities to the point where our children aren't safe walking to school or playing out in the neighborhood. Lawyers fight tooth and nail to continue giving more rights and protection to the criminals while simultaneously removing rights of the innocent to not be victims.
john September 11, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Shame on the US for giving Pakistan money while Bin Laden lived in that country. What happend to the CIA on that one? We are the nation that welcomes everyone,including terrorists.


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