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Security Acts Following 9/11/2001 versus the United States Citizen

Security Acts Following 9/11/2001 versus the United States Citizen

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This is a look into what may have really happened on 9/11/2001 from the perspective of the manipulation by the government of the United States population into accepting violations of their rights.

This is a look into what may have really happened on 9/11/2001 from the perspective of the manipulation by the government of the United States population into accepting violations of their rights.

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Published by: Sandy Middlesworth Rose on Dec 02, 2012
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Security Acts Following 9/11/2001 versus the United States Citizen
United Airlines Flight 175 crashes into the south tower of the World Trade Center complexin New York City during the September 11 attacks (Wikimedia Commons)
by Sandy Rose
© 2012 by Sandra Middlesworth Rose
 
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NTRODUCTION
 American citizens were shocked with the events occurring on September 11, 2001 with theresulting, utter destruction of three New York Trade Center buildings. 9/11 was a terrorist act,but there is the possibility it was done by our own country. At the very least, it was used by ourcountry to continue wars. Along with this initial shock came the overwhelming urge to havemore protection from terrorists taking over planes and flying them into buildings. However, weshould be even more shocked and outraged at the Patriot and Homeland Security Acts, as well asthe National Defense Authorization Act of 2012: because these partially unconstitutional Actstook away many of our civil liberties and due process in the name of protecting us, potentially
forever changing American Citizens’ rights to freedom
.Let us look at the Orwellian Big Brother characteristics of these actions and the parallelstory of the emergency acts after the burning of the Reichstag in Nazi Germany.
 
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 Big Brother, in the book 
1984
, was a manufactured entity made real to the people of Oceaniathrough the omnipresence of electronic telecasts and recordings, as well as using citizens spyingon each other (Orwell 1-29). The book was created by George Orwell (pseudonym of Eric Blair)after he had survived WWII in England, and knew of the totalitarianism of Nazi Germany, whichhe detested (Inside Front Cover). The whole point of the book was that there was no way to beatthe system for the average Oceania citizen. Big Brother in
1984
was aided by the thought police,who were everywhere due to electronic surveillance (2-3). Big Brother was an omnipresent, seemingly benevolent figure representing the oppressive control over individual lives exerted byan authoritarian government (The Free Dictionary).Omnipresence is one of the tools Big Brother uses, as defined by Edward Wierenga (Professor of Religion and Philosophy at theUniversity of Rochester). In his article, he quotes
Anslem’s
comments on a godlike entity:
“omnipresent, that is, present everywhere”
(1). In that way, the people feel constantly watched. Itis generally well known that in Germany and the United States, crises have been used to enactlaws to enhance surveillance of ordinary citizens in their own countries. In 2012, all over theworld, there are public and private cameras monitoring us for various purposes, a real BigBrother-type presence.To examine why citizens allow themselves to come under tight, oppressive security and
surveillance, let’s look at the methods of 
1984
more closely. Cultural hegemony is apparent in the above methods used by Big Brother to get the cooperation of the citizens. In
1984
one of themethods, for example, is to constantly be at war, even if it is made up, to make the people feelthey need protection. As in the Wikipedia article on cultural hegemony, this would be where theruling class manipulates the culture of the society so that almost anything can be agreed to by the

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