I still remember that day as if it were yesterday. I was a copier tech waiting outside for our parts salvage area to open up and listening to The Dave Ryan show on KDWB. He was off for some reason and it was just Pat and Angie interviewing Gary Spivey.
Another tech came up to my car and asked me if I was listening to AM 1500 and that a plane had hit the world trade center. my immediate thought was “fabulous, another Cessna pilot that couldn’t control his plane. ” Boy was I wrong. Then I wondered why it wasn’t being covered on KDWB. So I went back and sure enough just as they finished the interview, they got word and started covering it.
I got the part I needed, and continued on, then I heard that another plane had struck the other tower, the pentagon and then one had gone down in a field in Pennsylvania. I called my wife from the customer’s
site and told her what was going on. That entire day seemed really quiet, we were told later on that if we weren’t comfortable going into a government building we didn’t have to.
Even with the events of the day we still worked, thinking that if we did then we wouldn’t have played into the terrorist plans. Yet, they did disrupt our lives. After that day we started living in fear. Fear in that it will happen again, fear that our liberties will be eradicated in the name of security.
Unfortunately we have lost some of our freedoms. A while back my wife’s best friend’s husband was stationed in Korea, they called each other a few times. This one time my wife tried to call her, a man picked up wondered why she was calling South Korea. It was none of his business, but in the name of national security we understood.
I haven’t flown since before 9-11, not because I didn’t want to but because I haven’t had any place to go or money to get there. I’m no longer a copier repair professional, I’m now outsourced to a mail room in a major airline. I’ve seen the equipment that TSA uses, the people putting their shoes back on and the now they have scanners that see through your clothes. We gave up our privacy in the name of security. In fact, they have even gone through our mail that we get from other airports.
I think maybe they won a little bit. Our lives have been disrupted, we can no longer afford these freedoms we once took advantage of. Yes, we laid hell in Iraq, and Afghanistan. Yes, we toppled a regime that was genocidal. We still live in fear, we gave up some of our freedoms for security. We can’t ever go back to a pre 9-11 mentality because then it will happen again. I miss being young enough not to worry about the next big event.