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Post-9/11 is a term used to describe the current state of living in the United States or other parts of the world after the September 11 attacks, in reference to the many changes that have occurred due to the attacks.



Many activities which, prior to 9/11, would be viewed innocently (or as just eccentric), are now viewed with suspicion,[citation needed] especially in regards to the behavior of anyone who looks "Arab" in terms of clothing or skin color.[citation needed] Six Muslim imams were removed from a U.S. airliner when they prayed before the flight and showed "suspicious behavior".[1] Various government agencies and police forces have asked people to report "unusual" behavior, and signs posted in public places request people to report anything out of the ordinary. The United States Department of Homeland Security has advised citizens to "be vigilant, take notice of your surroundings, and report suspicious items or activities to local authorities immediately."[2]

Discriminatory backlash

Since the September 11 attacks, Arab, Muslim, Sikh, and South-Asian Americans – as well as those perceived to be members of these groups – have been the victims of increased numbers of bias-related assaults, threats, vandalism and arson in the United States.[3]

Department of Homeland Security

The United States government created the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in response to the September 11 attacks. DHS is a Cabinet-level department of the federal government of the United States charged with protecting the territory of the United States from terrorist attacks and responding to natural disasters.

With approximately 184,000 employees, DHS is the third-largest Cabinet department in the U.S. federal government, after the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Homeland security policy is coordinated at the White House by the Homeland Security Council. Other agencies with significant homeland security responsibilities include the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Energy.


Post-9/11, people photographing both public and private places have run into problems with law enforcement, because they are sometimes viewed as suspicious.[citation needed] In 2004, the New York City Subway attempted to institute a photo ban.[citation needed] This was met with fierce opposition, and the plan was ultimately scrapped.[citation needed]


The attacks lead to significant and widespread changes in U.S. politics and foreign policy. Domestically, both parties rallied around President George W. Bush after the attacks, passing the PATRIOT Act and supporting the War in Afghanistan.

We also must never forget the most vivid events of recent history. On September the 11th, 2001, America felt its vulnerability -- even to threats that gather on the other side of the earth. We resolved then, and we are resolved today, to confront every threat, from any source, that could bring sudden terror and suffering to America.

George W. Bush, President Bush Outlines Iraqi Threat, Cincinnati, Ohio, October 7, 2002[4]


Films and television programs produced before 2001 that feature the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center or events similar to 9/11 have been edited in re-airings on television. One such example is an episode of The Simpsons, "The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson," the main setting of which is the World Trade Center.[5][6]

After 9/11, Clear Channel Communications (an owner of over 1,000 radio stations in the U.S.) released a list of songs deemed "inappropriate". The songs were not banned outright, but stations were advised not to play them.[7]

American rock band Jimmy Eat World changed the title of their third album, Bleed American, to a self-titled album after the September 11 attacks; this was, however, an act of self-censorship.


  1. ^ Muslims pulled from flight may sue passengers - News -
  2. ^ DHS | Report Incidents
  3. ^ Civil Rights Division National Origin Working Group Initiative to Combat Post-Terrorism Discrimination
  4. ^ President Bush Outlines Iraqi Threat
  5. ^ Oakley, Bill. (2006). The Simpsons season 9 DVD commentary for the episode "The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson". [DVD]. 20th Century Fox. 
  6. ^ Weinstein, Josh. (2006). The Simpsons season 9 DVD commentary for the episode "The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson". [DVD]. 20th Century Fox. 
  7. ^ Urban Legends Reference Pages: Radio, Radio. Published September 18, 2001. Accessed February 10, 2008.


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