It’s Election Day, and I’m Already Packing My Bags…”Boiled Alive Without Ever Realizing it”
November 6, 2012
It has been a little over a decade since I stood on Manhattan’s West Side Highway, just a few blocks north of the World Trade Center, watching the North Tower collapse into a heap. My train into the city was late that morning; I was supposed to be in the basement of the Trade Center at the time of the attack. Instead, I was walking to my office just across the street from the towers when they disappeared.
Over the next several weeks, I saw America change in ways most Americans can’t even comprehend.
I saw the suspicion well up in government. I saw the police out in force, patrolling streets, hands clutching machine guns. I was on the journalistic front lines helping chronicle the efforts to shrink domestic freedoms under the false guise of homeland security.
We have yet to recover from that blow. And we probably never will. As I’ve written before, though we ultimately killed bin Laden, he won by achieving his goal: He bankrupted the world’s most-powerful nation and erased freedoms we once assumed as a birthright in this country.
No matter what Washington politicians say, no matter the saccharine patriotism they manufacture in their speeches, we are worse off today than we were on September 10, 2001. And that’s a big part of the reason I’m headed to Uruguay tomorrow for a conference on sovereignty.
Boiled Alive Without Ever Realizing it