Of No Practical Significance
Eight years on, new legislation, new organizations, reconfigured security apparatus, and we still lack the ability to keep the usefully delusional from trying to blow their extremities up at altitude.
We confuse rights with privileges, and assign them to those who don't deserve them. We let the passage of time lull us into a sense of complacency. We make it difficult for those who want to do the right thing to keep their jobs, much less advance the state of national security, while those in authority continue to rack up "heck of a job, Brownie" moments with no apparent negative consequences.
We quibble over nonsensical issues like online Jihadist forums (that only seem to radicalize prison fodder), yet it matters not who is actually behind recent events: we continue to demonstrate that we are incapable of fulfilling the first priority of the state (the security of itself and its people) because we refuse to actually consider much less implement deep and meaningful reforms.
At the end of the first decade of the new century we see what the future holds if we fail to pay attention to issues of national security like we pay attention to health care, taxes or sports. What good is a public option if the public is dead or enslaved to mindless, ineffective bureaucracy? Your team made the playoffs? How are you going to watch the post-season if you're taking a dirt nap?
As far as I can tell, well-meaning words on paper notwithstanding, we've advanced not one practical iota from 9/10/01.