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America is most famous for being known as the land of the free and the home of the brave. To protect the citizens of this country, the government has to constantly work on improving the security around us. The attacks on 9/11 are a perfect example of the government at work, the addition of TSA security, and The Patriot Act shows how the government works to protect us. This improvement to airport security has greatly affected our citizens, and the safety of air travel. One attack led to a heavy increase of security in airports to insure something like this would never happen again. The governments main focus was on protecting US citizens and insuring that an attack like this would never happen again. The advancement of national security and safe air travel was needed and the government created a plan to accomplish this mission. For this essay, the discussion will be how 9/11 has affected TSA and The Patriot Act.
The advancement of TSA security was a main response from the government after the attacks suffered on September 11, 2001. On this morning, 19 hijackers took control of four commercial planes flying out of airports on the east coast of the United States. Two of the aircraft were deliberately flown into the main World Trade Center buildings in New York, with a third hitting the Pentagon in Virginia. The fourth plane was believed to be heading for the White House, but passengers where able to take over the plane and crashed in an open field in Pennsylvania. Numerous other buildings at the World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan were destroyed or badly damaged. The total loss of life on 9/11 was nearly 3,000, including the 19 hijackers. It was the worst loss of life due to a terrorist incident on US soil. This attack would cause a significant effect on world economic markets and international confidence. The Islamist group, al-Qaeda founded in 1988 and led by Osama Bin Laden, were beloved to have carried out the attacks. Although difficult to confirm, it is thought al-Qaeda’s involvement in world terrorism can be traced back to 1993, with the first World Trade Center bombing. Over the next 8 years, al-Qaeda were implicated in a series of major attacks on US forces. In 1996 Bin Laden called for his followers to “launch a guerrilla war against American forces and expel the infidels from the Arabian Peninsula”. Soon after the 1998 embassy bombings, The Federal Bureau of Investigation placed Bin Laden on their Ten Most Wanted list, offering a reward of $25million for his capture. With such a viscous attack and Bin Laden gaining the attention as he did, the government desperately needed to put a plan together in Congress that would prevent terror attacks from hitting US soil. Once the aftermath of 9/11 was over, president George bush quickly signed The US Patriot Act and the safety of the United States greatly enhanced. 
The US Patriot Act was an act of Congress that was signed by president George Bush in response to the attacks during 9/11. The Department of Justice’s first priority is to prevent future terrorist attacks. Since its passage following the September 11, 2001 attacks, the Patriot Act has played a key part in a number of successful operations to protect innocent Americans from the deadly plans of terrorists dedicated to destroying America and our way of life. While the results have been important, in passing the Patriot Act, Congress provided for only modest, incremental changes in the law. Congress simply took existing legal principles and retrofitted them to preserve the lives and liberty of the American people from the challenges posed by a global terrorist network. There are four main parts to the Patriot Act: The Patriot Act allows investigators to use the tools that were already available to investigate organized crime and drug trafficking, facilitated information sharing and cooperation among government agencies so that they can better “connect the dots.”, updated the law to reflect new technologies and new threats, and increased the penalties for those who commit terrorist crimes.The US Patriot Act modified many major U.S. intelligence, communications, and privacy laws, including: The Electronic Communications Privacy Act, which modifies Title III of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act;  the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978; and the Communications Act of 1934. Several sections of the Act emphasize the need to protect the civil rights and civil liberties of all Americans and to condemn any acts of violence or discrimination. This increase of security has allowed the citizens to live in a much safer and terror free country. Another way the US government was able to make Americans feel safe is implementing TSA checkpoints, to ensure air travel was safe. 
Implementing TSA checkpoints after the terrorist attack, has changed airport security forever. The TSA was created in the wake of 9/11 and that federal department now runs airport security. Prior to 9/11, airport security was in the hands of private companies. The TSA is funded by the September 11 Security Fee, which is tacked on by airlines on the cost of a ticket. TSA instantly implemented a 100 percent baggage check at all U.S. airports to screen for explosives. As a result, such programs as the TSA Pre-Check were implemented as frequent travelers could apply for what amounted to special dispensation. “Watch Lists” and “No Fly Lists” were also introduced as the TSA began to rigorously screen questionable passengers. Many airports have now introduced full-body scanners at security checkpoints. Unticketed passengers may not go through security to the gates without written prior approval from the respective airline. These security additions have increased protection for US citizens. This greatly affects national security. Since the attacks on 9/11, there has not been an attempt to attack people through air travel. This shows that the checkpoints put in place by TSA are working, and making it very difficult to harm people in an airport. In the last six years, there have been no bombing attempts in airports and only 11 firearms have been confiscated during this span. This shows that people are afraid to bring weapons into a airport because they will be found. The continuous improvement of TSA checkpoints greatly increase national security, and make air travel much safer for American citizens. 
The terrorist attacks committed on the World Trade Center opened up the US governments eyes, and showed the constant threat Americans face. Right after the attacks, a security manifesto was quickly drawn up to ensure that terrorists would never again be able to commandeer an airliner and turn it into a guided missile, as 19 hijackers succeeded in doing that day. Even before Congress had a chance to act, the law creating the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was passed that November airlines and airports were rushing to make the most urgent fixes: hardening cockpit doors with bulletproof material, updating no-fly lists, and closing other gaps. The FBI investigated the attacks and blamed the terror grouping Al Qaeda for the plane crashing. Osama Bin Ladin was instantly put on the top 10 most wanted list. The FBI put in millions of dollars to help find Osama Bin Ladin and to increase the security in airports nation wide. Osama Bin Laden’s location was found in May of 2011. President Barack Obama devised a plan and sent the Navy Seals to go find and kill the leader of the terrorist group. On May 1, 2011, Bin Laden was shot and killed during a US Government/Military operation in Pakistan. Since the death of Bin Laden, air travel has been safe in the United States. It took ten years to find the man responsible for destroying both of the World Trade Center’s, but his death was a uniting moment for American citizens and national security. 
In conclusion, the attacks on 9/11 have led to great improvements to TSA and The Patriot Act. Although this was the worst attack ever recorded on American soil, we were able to learn from this mistake and put security checkpoints in place. These advancements in security allow passengers to feel safe during air travel. This reveals to us how resilient America truly is. We were able to turn the most deadly attack on US soil, as a learning curve to make improvements to national security. Ever since 9/11, there has not been a major attack on US soil. One reason for this being true is the advancements of TSA and The Patriot Act. These security plans have led to the safety net of many US citizens. To be the land of the free and the home of the brave it takes resilience and the ability to adapt. Our government and citizens have both of those qualities, which is why the United States of America is the best country in the world.