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Freedom vs Security On September 11th 2001 an attack was made on The United States of America Nineteen terrorists boarded and hijacked four passenger airlines and used them as weapons against buildings in New York and Washington DC The fourth plane was brought down in rural Pennsylvania Over 3000 lives were lost in these attacks and many more were ruined by the loss of family friends and coworkers To prevent a reoccurrence of the events of 9-11-01 security policies have been changed new measures taken and national awareness heightened However new security measures have a tendency to take away some of our civil liberties as citizens of a democracy This atrocity brought about a new debate within our nation and its leaders Some say individual freedoms can be sacrificed for the sake of safety Others strongly disagree and claim that is a disgrace to our constitution history and country to take such measures I agree with those who support heightened security despite some of the constraints that may be placed on certain liberties After the attacks of September 11th soldiers of the National Guard have been on station in the airports across the nation Soldiers pacing around an airport garbed in full battle gear armed with automatic rifles is a new sight for most American citizens However if one were to travel to almost any other country in the world especially in Europe this sight would be a common everyday reality This is something that we Americans should adjust to for our own safety Some believe that military presence in a civilian setting represents the characteristics of a socialist communist or totalitarian regime and not that of a free democracy This is not necessarily true for freedom comes at a price I dont mind if soldiers must be stationed on all means of public transit including airports if it means they are less likely to be attacked by terrorists and prevent
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