An unforgettable decade, 2000 had many amazing events and outcomes. Many which have impacted our society and the way we live in America today. As a country and even the world, people, governments and cultures have changed and grown from events that occurred during this decade. The 9/11 attacks on America, the Iraqi War, the presidential election of Barack Obama and the introduction of Twitter are just a few examples of what americans have experienced during these unforgettable ten years.
September 11, 2001 is a day that no American will ever forget, a day that left a huge impact on the lives of many Americans, a day that has changed America and the world forever. On this day, known as 9/11, America had suffered its first attack on native soil since the Japanese’s bombing of Pearl Harbor in December of 1941 (American Decades, 223). The morning of 9/11, 19 Islamic terrorists, hijacked four commercial airplanes leaving the east coast heading to California. At 8:46 that morning, one of those four planes had flown right into the north of the World Trade Center in New York City; shortly after, a second plane flew into the south tower of the World Trade Center. At 9:37 A.M., a third plane flew into The Pentagon in Washington D.C. After that The White House, United Nations buildings, State and Justice Departments, and World Bank were all evacuated. Passengers on the fourth flight, had been in touch with their families who had told them about the three attacks. Knowing their plane was going to be a next, the passengers on flight 93 fought back against the hijackers, crashing the airplane into a field in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, instead of letting it hit another building. These attacks had caused 2,819 deaths, and 400,000 people to suffer with post-traumatic stress disorder (American Decades, 223). There were many affects on our society after this life changing event, many hate crimes towards Muslims and Arabs were brought about. Directly after 9/11 the hate crimes towards these groups of people went up to more than 1,600% (SPLC, web).
The terror attacks on 9/11 have caused many changes to the security and government of our country. The Transportation Security Administration had enforced more strict rules for passenger and luggage screening. Only ticketed passengers were allowed to go through security. Body scanners and new procedures were used to search for weapons and other contraband. You are no longer allowed to take photographic moments of greeting or saying goodbye to friends and family at the boarding gate. As new threats were observed after 9/11, new procedures were started, including requiring travelers to take off shoes and forbid them from bringing liquids on board. This has made the traveling world much safer and almost impossible for terrorists to be on board (9/11 Anniversary: 5 Ways America Has Changed Forever, web).
The Homeland Security Act of 2002 had created over 200 government agencies that consist of the...