When the shock of 9/11 wore off, most Americans became quite patriotic and vowed to take revenge on the Muslim extremists responsible for the attack. A number of people I knew took the revenge aspect further and blamed the entire religion of Islam for what happened.
As time elapsed, sadly so did much of the patriotism. The number of American flags flying on homes across the nation diminished along the patriotism. The wounds of 9/11 healed over and American’s went on their merry way once more. As the wounds of 9/11 have been healing over, I’ve noticed two very disturbing trends that have taken place since we were so viciously attacked.
First is the loss of personal privacy. In the government’s effort to shore up America’s national security, they have crept into our private lives like bed bugs invading your home. Emails are being monitored for key words that may indicate a terrorist plot. In some areas, cell phone signals are also being monitored. The Internet patrol is constantly searching through the millions of daily posts to the internet and social media sites. Computer programs are monitoring our spending and buying habits. The federal government is preparing to install face recognition software to use on all the thousands of video cameras that watch our movements and airport security now views our naked bodies through their scanners.
The privacy we once knew and took for granted is gone in the name of national security and it is a direct result of 9/11.
But what concerns me even more than the loss of privacy is how the very religion that launched the 9/11 arracks and has vowed to destroy America has spread across our nation like salmonella on a day-old mayonnaise sandwich. In 2000, there were 1,209 mosques in the U.S. By 2010, only 9 years after 9/11, the figure grew by 74% to 2,106 mosques.
Robert Spencer, founder and director of Jihad Watch believes Americans should start taking a serious look at the rise of Islam in the United States, saying:
“We can say that 9/11 was a great boon for Islamic supremacists, because it enabled them to get access and make inroads into American society to an unprecedented degree.