Friday, May 06, 2011

Osama bin Laden's first defeat: 'Fortress America' never really materialized

Osama bin Laden's first defeat: 'Fortress America' never really materialized

Lee Bey makes comments on the immediate changes in the wake of 9/11/2001. Mainly that step were taken to secure buildings that could potentially be considered terrorist targets. How plans for even taller buildings were changed where buildings were even smaller than they otherwise would've been. To be sure there were changes security wise as a result of this horrific event here in Chicago however:
Bin Laden, the 9/11 mastermind who was killed Sunday by U.S. forces in Pakistan, caused American cities to make security adjustments after 9/11. Folks are monitored and tracked through technology now more than ever, and that is unnerving. But Fortress America--the wholesale change and devaluing of America's built environment in response to the terrorist attacks--never materialized. We are not a country behind bunkers. Nor are we a city behind barricades, despite Chicago having a number of potential high-value terrorist targets. Maintaining cities with acessible architecture and open public spaces are the best expressions of a democratic society...and an early sign of Bin Laden's eventual defeat.
Yes! We are not behind bunkers while OBL continued to live in his own fear. Enough to want to buy a compound in a suburban area without internet or phone service so he won't be easy to find. It just shows who really lived in fear - the American people or OBL.

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