Confronting Terrorism 10 Years After 9/11

The attacks on 9/11/2001 changed the way our country operates. Gone are the days when you could have free access to courthouses and other public buildings. While you couldn’t carry a gun into the courtroom back then, security until that point was not at the levels they are today. Even the airports were more lax, letting passengers through their gates at will. Today things are much different than they were on September 10, 2001.

There had been a growing air of concern that, just maybe, better security measures were needed, but like most issues at that time, there was a general air of procrastination of “Let the next guy deal with it.” This overall shift toward “needing change” was fueled by such incidents as the Oklahoma City Bombing, the Columbine shooting, and even a bombing attempt on the North Tower of the World Trade Center, among others.

It was not until terrorists brought down the World Trade Center Twin Towers that an outcry for change was made. But how have we changed over the intervening 10 years since that dreadful day?

According to a recent article on, there was a better sharing of information among fire and police agencies, as well as between state and federal officials. This was helped along by the vastly improved radio communications and cross-agency preparedness exercises. Security at public facilities was also improved, and this was not just at courthouses and city halls. Increased safety measures also extended to such places as water treatment facilities and retail outlets, in addition to increased security on our nation’s mass transit systems and, of course, within our airports.

There has also been an increase in public awareness and involvement. Who better to report on strange activity in a neighborhood than the people who live there? They know who is out of place, and this fact gives the local law enforcement an extra set of ears and eyes to help them thwart what could turn into a major loss of life and livelihood.

And finally, agencies are now sharing the costs for expensive equipment that could help their efforts to provide the fastest and most-efficient response to any given situation. One example includes $800,000 mobile command centers being shared among agencies in metropolitan areas.

While 9/11 was a tragic day in the history of our country, it did lead to positive change. The hope is that going forward we can prevent such events from happening, but at the very least, we can be prepared as best as possible in case they do happen.

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