Our nation has been through a lot since 9/11: 10 years of war, two presidential elections and two economic crises. But despite it all, there has been progress. Since 9/11, public awareness of terrorism has risen, security has increased, safer building codes have been established, and Americans have united toward one goal. There have been no sizable, successful attacks on the U.S. since that tragic morning and that has been because of our constant vigilance and progressive movements toward bettering this nation.
The Department of Homeland Securityâ€™s nation-wide campaign, â€œIf you see something, say something,â€ aimed at raising public awareness toward suspicious behavior, has proven to be beneficial through its uses in transit systems, federal buildings and entertainment arenas. Now that America is no longer naÃ¯ve to think we are indestructible, weâ€™ve opened our eyes to the real dangers that can occur. Weâ€™re no longer on the defensive but on the offensive, combating terrorism and being aware of our surroundings.
The twin towers crumbling brought back harsh realizations of our buildingsâ€™ flaws. In the wake of 9/11, the International Code Council approved major building and fire codes for future buildingsâ€”especially tall structures.
The Safer Buildings Are Goal of New Code Changes Based on Recommendations from NIST World Trade Center Investigation press release stated, â€œThe new codes address areas such as: increasing structural resistance to building collapse from fire and other incidents; requiring a third exit stairway for tall buildings; increasing the width of all stairways by 50 percent in new high-rises; and strengthening criteria for the bonding.â€
The new building codes also include fireproofing and an emergency responder radio communication throughout buildings.
These improvements are good, but not because â€œjust in caseâ€ it happens again. It is proof that our nation is ensuring the safety of its people.
Over the past decade, nothing has been more evident than the large strides this nation has taken in security measures, ranging from new laws being enacted to creating new administrations.
The Transportation Security Administration is one of the new safety measures approved in response to the attacks.
It has since improved in-flight security (better protecting the flight deck against an act of criminal violence or air privacy), airport screening (100 percent of passengers flying to, from and within the U.S. are being diligently screened) and technology (through Advanced Imaging Technology and Automated Target Recognition, metallic and non-metallic threats can be detected).
Among the laws that have been passed, the most commonly debated is the Patriot Act, reducing government restrictions to install wires taps and search emails and telephone calls, all in the name of catching possible terrorists.
Privacy violations pale in comparison to the security of our nation and to life itself. There are people out there who wish us harm.
If in the process of catching those people we lose a bit of our privacy, then so be it. Our nation is better equipped to defend against an attack. The attacks of 9/11 were tragic, but it helped us grow stronger.