Mention the date 9-11 and you can almost feel the tension arise in the room. The very thought of that day creates invisible lines between many Americans. On one side, there are those who believe it was simply a terrorist attack and the government had nothing to do with it. Then, there are those who think the entire attack was orchestrated by the government. Lastly, there are those who agree that it was a terrorist attack, but, the government had knowledge of it but did nothing to prevent it.
Then, there is me. Personally, I have never been big on conspiracy theories, but I once heard that 9-11 was planned so that American could see what terrorists were capable of, realize that America was in grave danger and give up their freedom for security. Today marks the 17th anniversary,yetsomething has been tickling in the back of my mind when I think about September 11 . . . Something about the entire event seems . . . familiar.
Is it just me or does the plot of Captain America The Winter Soldier, seem mildly resembling of this theory of security over freedom?
Before you call me crazy. Hear me out. The movie is about S.H.I.E.L.D, the governmental organization that Captain America works for. Now over the course of the film we find out that since the start of S.H.I.E.L.D, it was compromised by another organization called Hydra.
Basically, for years Hydra was behind countless “accidents” in U-S History. All with one goal in mind, total control. However, Hydra learned early on that Americans weren’t willing to simply give up their freedom.
So slowly, accident-by-accident, Hydra planned on pushing America to the point where it would sacrifice it’s freedom for it’s security. Clearly there is a difference between real life events, that affect real people and real lives, and movies. My point however is that after 9-11, on October 26, 2001, just a little over a month after the fact, America lost many of its freedoms in the passing of the USA PATRIOT Act. If you don’t believe me here’s a little proof. It’s in the name. The USA PATRIOT Act is an acronym for “United and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism”.
From that point on there was no such thing as privacy in America. The PATRIOT Act grants permission the government to collect information through various surveillance measures. This helps them to detect and stop future threats before they start. But for Americans, this pretty much means that unless you stay in your house all day every day. You’re being watched, constantly. Honestly even if you somehow managed to stay inside all day, unless you don’t own any tv or smart phone or laptop and you basically live completed secluded and isolated from the world, you’re being watched, constantly.
I’m not saying that its good or bad that the government has taken the measurements it has towards National Security, but I am saying that the responsibility that they have to the American people trumps any self-ordained purpose they believe they are working towards.