The US Was Deranged by 9/11
Klaus Brinkbäumer marvels at the counterterror overreaction
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jul 16, 2013 1:42 PM CDT
In this 2006 photo, US military guards walk within the military-run prison at Guantanamo Bay.   (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

(Newser) – Ever wonder how the US looks to the rest of the world? Well, Klaus Brinkbäumer offers one view in Germany's Der Spiegel today. "America is sick," he writes. "September 11 left it wounded and unsettled," and the NSA scandal "shows that the US has become manic, that it is behaving pathologically." How else to describe a response so vastly disproportionate to the actual danger of terrorism? The US has spent $8 trillion fighting terrorism since 2011, even though more Americans die from, say, falling off of ladders.

To combat this threat—rather than much more relevant dangers like gun violence—the US has set up a spying apparatus that "is as monstrous and unlawful as Guantanamo Bay," and absolutely deserves comparison to the German Stasi. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, instead of enabling the US, "should say, 'You are manic, and what you are doing is sick.' That's what friends do." Click for his full column.

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Jul 17, 2013 8:09 PM CDT
There is a mistake in the Newser article. The original article claims, "The US has spent $8 trillion on the military and homeland security since 2001". The Newser article says the same amount had been spent since 2011. The Newser article also sensationalizes things by stating the money was spent to fight terrorism, when it actuality, the money was likely used to do much more, like funding the military in general.
Jul 17, 2013 5:58 PM CDT
He has a point. In the years since that day we have remade ourselves into a security state and we are on a path that could easily lead to a true police state. There has never been such a complete re-creation of this nation since the days after Pearl Harbor, when we were attacked by a belligerent STATE which was at war with other States already. The technology we have to forge such a security state and create the enforcement enabling a police state has never existed before. NO State has EVER had the real time capability to actually monitor communications among virtually ALL its citizens nor has any state had the ability to eliminate "threats" by remote control robots. The surveillance and control apparatus are already in existence.
Jul 17, 2013 3:26 PM CDT
deranged ? no ! we woke up ! we came to realise that the world was not the safe place we thought it was ! that is all except the overly tolerant liberals ! dont get me wrong , tolerance is a good thing , but like anything else it can be overdone !