By Alex Lloyd Gross
On September 10 2001, Few would have ever thought it would be possible to hijack aircraft and fly them into the twin towers, destroying them. Killing thousands. On September 12 2001, one day after the attck no one would have thought things turned out as they did.
Americans in some way have allowed the terrorists to win. Some become overly parnoid. Routine events are now raising suspicion. How many times has someone saw a photographer or a sketch artist and thought “I’m calling the cops. After all, this guy was photographing trains. He’s bad. He deserves to be in Gitmo”. The police waste manpower, arrive and find the guy is a railfan, and has more knowledge of railroads than the man driving the train. Meanwhile a store got robbed and the cops were investigating this guy.
Sometimes the police are the problem. There have been thousands of videos posted online of officers going ballistic when citizens film things. Let’s set the record straight. taking photographs of federal facilities from the public street is not against the law nor does it violate national security. Photographing airplanes from a public vantage point is the same thing. Photographing bridges , you guessed it, same thing. Would you believe, that in North Jersey, police went to the trouble to post signs prohibiting people from taking photos of or on the bridge? Police do not make the laws, they enforce the ones already made. Right here in Philadelphia, the city was sued by three men detained for photographing the Sunoco Oil Refinery. In an effort to make the case go away, the city settled for $5000.00 per person.
Untrained, overzealous security guards have been caught counless times on youtube harrassing people for taking photos of the building they work at. Every time something like this happens, the terrorists win.
On September 12 2001 Firefighters and police are revered. They are heroes. 10 years later, they are expendable. Firehouses are closed to save money in the budget. Firefighters and police are laid off . Certain calls for assistance are not answered. In Philadelphia, numerous fire companies have been closed to save money. We wanted the best public safety employees money could buy. Now people are claiming the entry test is biased against them because they are a minority. We accept that and give them jobs.
Watching the events of 9-11 unfold, people all across the world were horrified. Now, 10 years later, conspiracy theory activists are everywhere. They would have you believe A plane never crashed into the Pentagon. Dick Cheney, (former Vice President) ordered the attacks to allow us to put the Patriot Act in place and or give us a precursor for going into Iraq. If you will remember, the people of Iraq were horrified at what happened. Even Saddam Hussien offered to send help.
Across the country, memorials have been set up. One, in Lower Bucks County , the Garden of Reflection is expected to be busy with people that want to attend a rememberance of what happened. Who would have thought that a delay of 5 years worth of Red Tape would push the consruction of the World trade Center back beyond the timeline where it should be?
In the days following September 11, we saw people like Bernard Kerick, Police Commissioner and Rudolph Gulliani, (Mayor) become houshold names. Kerick even came to Bucks County in 2004 to campaign for President George Bush’s relection campaign. Today, he is a convicted felon. Today, Gulliani tries to run for the Presidency. he has a cool reception at best. Many people remember the civil rights of people he tried to take away by declaring it a crime to photograph anything dealing with Ground Zero. He ordered signs posted, and people arrested. That lasted all but 2 days.
On September 12 2001, who would have thought that the city of New York would not allow it’s own Fire Department members to attend the ceremony 10 years later. They want to give them their own ceremony at a later time.