In a single day, the world changed. The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 -- and the U.S. response to them -- continue to exert a profound effect on our nation and its citizens. In every arena of American life -- from the economy to diplomacy, from military to social -- attitudes and actions have been questioned and, in many cases, transformed. The security vs freedom debate rages on.
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The terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001, sparked a change in U.S. policy on gathering intelligence to prevent further attacks. But as the scales of justice swayed, an erosion of civil liberties became apparent.