9/11 post 9/11 - US in a nutshell

Themepark style museums and souvenir mongering, give to the rich, take from the poor and sick, lack of communication, inefficiency and corruption, obsolete infrastructure, the post 9/11 events depicts how the US works today, in a nutshell. The World Trade Center has become a big money maker for many, including the contractors, amongst them Swedish Skanska, lawyers, non-profits, politicians and government officials have enriched themselves from the billions of taxpayer dollars that have been pumped into various 9/11 projects. At the same the US government claims that more than 60 000 people that were engaged in rescue, clean-up and rebuilding are at risk from having inhaled the toxic dust from the collapsed towers, 28 000 of them have had their health checked and so far 18 500 get medical treatment for physical and mental conditions, for many those conditions are permanent. Not all the sick people have health insurance to cover treatment and medication and some have ended up in misery as the government hasn't been able to approve compensation funds to help the people that used to be called heroes and now are crippled and broke from their exposure to dangerous debris from ground zero. Some Republicans have argued that "it would put the nation's finances at risk" if Congress gave sick 9/11 responders a permanent guaranteed program to ensure they get health care.  There were no such objections when the war against terrorism, including the war against Afghanistan was launched. Yet, again, when the New York police and fire department asked for a modernization of the emergency communication, amongst that emergency radios that during the 9/11 attack were hindered by faulty equipment and overloaded transmissions. Many firefighters in the WTC towers didn't hear the orders to evacuate before the building collapsed, many NYPD radio dispatchers still have nightmares about them hearing the police officers calling for help and not being able to answer. Today, a decade after the attack, followed by hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires and floodings, emergency crews from different jurisdictions still can't talk to eachother. The technology to solve these communication problems exists but the US Congress hasn't been able to fund a technology that would save lives and bring the emergency technology into the 21st century. One would suspect that most of the government resources goes to communication technology for the US military, still fighting the ghosts from 9/11 in countries far away. One wonders who and what they will blame when the embarrassing multimedia documents display the desperate lack of information and lack of coordination between the civil and military aviation authorities are finally made available to the public . Contrary to the government officials assurances that fighter pilots had been in pursuit of the hijackers and ready to shoot down the airplanes by order from President George W. Bush, of the four flights, the military had nine minutes notice on the one that flew into the WTC and did not learn about the other three hijacked planes until after they had crashed. Fighter pilots were sent east of Washington in pursuit of of American Airlines flight 11 one hour after it had crashed.  There is  only one factor that differs the 9/11 post 9/11 from todays' US is that the attack actually created jobs - jobs, jobs, jobs.

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