What were the domestic repercussions of the September 11 attacks?

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There have been many domestic repercussions of these terrorist attacks.  Among the more important ones have been:

  • The reelection of George W. Bush in 2004.  It is at least arguable that Bush would not have been reelected if it were not for the attacks.  The economy was doing badly before the attacks and Bush had not done anything to make himself terribly popular.  The attacks, however, made him into a "war president" with a high profile and a great deal of credibility with most of the electorate.  This helped him greatly in 2004.
  • Increased attention to security.  Anyone who has been through an airport since 2001 knows that the 9/11 attacks had important consequences for the everyday lives of Americans who travel.
  • Some (arguably) reduction in civil liberties.  Because of the 9/11 attacks, we have such things as the Patriot Act which give the government more power to intrude on the lives of people suspected of being terrorists.
  • A higher government deficit.  The attacks led President Bush to go to war in Afghanistan and Iraq.  These wars continue to cost taxpayers huge amounts of money today, at a time when the economy is struggling.

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