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The weird stuff that happened after 9/11, if you weren't around for it 

First of all, pretty much everyone went to the gas station for some reason. We heard there'd be price gouging on gas

Everyone thought their pissant little town in the middle of nowhere would be a terror target, kinda like those people who thought antifa was coming to their town.

People bought french wine and poured it I to the sewer to protest France opposing the Iraq War on the UN security council

The weird stuff that happened after 9/11, if you weren't around for it 

I think the thing that really hyped up the paranoia was the incessant press coverage (NYC being a media capitol), and the anthrax attacks, which happened about a week after 9/11. Those are worth looking into.

Yes "freedom fries" really happened.

Yes the Dixie Chicks (now the Chicks, I think) got in trouble for criticizing bush

The weird stuff that happened after 9/11, if you weren't around for it 

This Amanda Bynes movie had the poster changed so she's no longer giving a peace sign. There was lots of weird, voluntary censorship. Nobody made them do this stuff. They just did it

The weird stuff that happened after 9/11, if you weren't around for it 

Anyone who questioned the official explanation that these were "cowards who attacked us because they hated our freedom" suffered severe consequences if there were any that could be applied to them. Bill Maher and Phil Donahue both lost their shows for suggesting hey maybe they had a reason? Maybe we did a few things to piss them off?

The weird stuff that happened after 9/11, if you weren't around for it 

Something terrible that happened in Afghanistan was that the US dropped aid packages over cities, but the thing about that is the aid packages looked very similar to unexploded munitions, so a lot of people got maimed or killed this way. I can't find pictures for this, but they were circulating at the time

The weird stuff that happened after 9/11, if you weren't around for it 

The TV show Aqua Teen Hunger Force got in trouble when they put little viral marketing devices with lit images of the Moonenites up in several major cities. But in Boston, it got reported as a terrorist bomb scare en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/2007_B

The weird stuff that happened after 9/11, if you weren't around for it 

The band Godspeed You! Black Emperor were detained in Ardmore, Oklahoma (where my mom's from) under suspicion of being terrorists. When in reality they are Canadian anarchists I think. This happened in 2003

The weird stuff that happened after 9/11, if you weren't around for it 

Yes George W Bush really told people to keep going shopping, because if you don't, the terrorists win

Yes his press secretary really said people need to watch what they say and watch what they do

Yes his Attorney General really ordered a drape be put over a nude statue of peace personified as a woman at the UN

Yes they also removed a copy of Guernica from the UN while the US was there calling for war

The weird stuff that happened after 9/11, if you weren't around for it 

Yes people really thought they could see things like Satan's face in the smoke of the burning towers, or smoking twin towers if you folded a 20-dollar bill into a pentagon

The weird stuff that happened after 9/11, if you weren't around for it 

They used 9/11 as an excuse for basically everything. They tightened things up at the US-Mexico border bc they said terrorists could get in that way. Nobody seemed to be worried about them coming in from Canada

John Kerry, running for president, said what if we increased security at our ports? Basically none of those items are checked? They said shut up you fucking wimp

The weird stuff that happened after 9/11, if you weren't around for it 

Yes, they changed policies so there would be no pictures of flag-draped coffins returning from Iraq.

Yes, journalists were "embedded" in combat units and basically cheered as troops rolled in

Yes they pulled down that statue of Saddam after covering his face with a US flag. It took forever. Basically everyone watched that shit.

The weird stuff that happened after 9/11, if you weren't around for it 

Democrats were obsessed with running troops for office. Or cops or firefighters. Because who could question their patriotism? (Yes, their patriotism was still questioned)

The weird stuff that happened after 9/11, if you weren't around for it 

The Dept. Of Homeland Security was actually a Democrat idea that the GOP opposed at first.

The first head, Tom Ridge, suggested people could protect themselves from gas attacks (from where? Kinda tells you where people's heads were at) by using weather stripping and duct tape. Make your home nice and air right

The weird stuff that happened after 9/11, if you weren't around for it 

People invented all kinds of colorful terror threats to scare ourselves. They were gonna spray poison gas on us, or poison the water supply, or build a dirty bomb or make a suitcase nuke. Every day was a new Tom Clancy novel.

And they used the color coded terror warning system to tell us how scared to be.

The weird stuff that happened after 9/11, if you weren't around for it 

There was an airplane bailout. Because nobody wanted to fly. And there was a minor economic downturn that followed 9/11. This was, I think, the first time I ever heard the word "bailout" used this way (but not the last)

You have to take your shoes off at the airport bc of this guy who tried to use a shoe bomb to bring a plane down after 9/11. It wasn't just a 9/11 thing. There was a "shoe bomber"

The weird stuff that happened after 9/11, if you weren't around for it 

Before 9/11, everyone assumed that a hijacker's plan was to land the plane safely after diverting the flight to land somewhere else. My dad actually had this book about self defense in different scenarios that went over this. The idea was just be calm and go along with it.

The weird stuff that happened after 9/11, if you weren't around for it 

There was an anti-weed PSA that explicitly said if you smoke weed, you are supporting terrorism
google.com/amp/s/www.chicagotr

mention of an abuser, csa 

Another layer of bizarre on top of all of this is that, at the time, the speaker of the house was a serial child rapist. A really prolific one too.

The weird stuff that happened after 9/11, if you weren't around for it 

The nations mentioned in the "axis of evil" speech were Iraq, Iran, Syria and North Korea.

Libya, much criticized by Reagan, was left out. In fact, Gaddafi handed the administration a win by "dismantling his WMD arsenal," which I guess was some chemical weapons. The warm feelings did not last, as you probably know.

The weird stuff that happened after 9/11, if you weren't around for it 

Bush called the invasion of Afghanistan a "crusade against terror."

The show 24 was fucking huge, and involved scenarios where the hero had to torture confessions out of people. Justice Scalia cited the show in a supreme court opinion.

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The weird stuff that happened after 9/11, if you weren't around for it 

@InternetEh freedom fries

The weird stuff that happened after 9/11, if you weren't around for it 

@InternetEh@dads.cool ahh yes the american reactionary penchant for showing how much they disapprove of someone by increasing that person's profits

The weird stuff that happened after 9/11, if you weren't around for it 

@InternetEh the anthrax attacks remain one of the weirder things in the news in my lifetime

The weird stuff that happened after 9/11, if you weren't around for it 

@alex I went down a whole rabbit hole about those attacks and I actually recommend people do the same. The explanation is very sus

The weird stuff that happened after 9/11, if you weren't around for it 

@InternetEh oh yeah. Then Spiderman was pulled and reworked so it didn't involve terrorists in new your, and instead leaned into New Yorkers banding together to help Spiderman fight.

The weird stuff that happened after 9/11, if you weren't around for it 

@polymerwitch @InternetEh my 9/11 censorship story: I'd been playing a pirate copy of Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 for a while, and some time in the weeks after 9/11 I decided to buy it. So I went to software stores and there were no copies. None at Best Buy, none at Target, none anywhere. It had been pulled because the cover folded out to show a Soviet fleet bombarding New York harbor

The weird stuff that happened after 9/11, if you weren't around for it 

@robotcarsley @polymerwitch lol nice

I think I pirated the third one

The weird stuff that happened after 9/11, if you weren't around for it 

@InternetEh honestly annoying they ruined the cool and fun era of plane hijackings

The weird stuff that happened after 9/11, if you weren't around for it 

@cuttlefish yeah people used to be like "ooh maybe we'll get a free trip to Cuba"

The weird stuff that happened after 9/11, if you weren't around for it 

@InternetEh I think that started to end more in the 70s but yeah

The weird stuff that happened after 9/11, if you weren't around for it 

@InternetEh there are only two security features that have prevented further hijackings:
- lockable sturdy cabin doors
- a culture of not accepting hijackings as peaceful things but WMD-level threats

Everything else is pretty much a handout to contractors and imposition of a police state

The weird stuff that happened after 9/11, if you weren't around for it 

@wilbr yeah, the tactic that made 9/11 possible was made obsolete that same day. Within the actual attack. The people on the fourth plane learned what was going on and fought back. No more docile passengers in a hijacking, ever.

The weird stuff that happened after 9/11, if you weren't around for it 

@InternetEh there has been heaps of hijackings since 9/11 and landing is still the goal

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@InternetEh I remember after the shoe bomber a comedian said "we'll know they're fucking with us if the next one is an underwear bomber" and sure enough there was indeed an underwear bomber

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@Tel there was. But really, not that much terrorism after as there was before.

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@Tel@tilde.zone @InternetEh@dads.cool [ underminer incredibles voice ] Behold! The Underbomber!!

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@heartles @Tel that's good stuff

The weird stuff that happened after 9/11, if you weren't around for it 

@InternetEh nonsense surveillance out of paranoia shot up all over the planet - a university friend of mine had police show up at his door in like 2003 because he bought some Anthrax (the metal band) albums from another friend and used the band's name in the bank transfer reference field, which the surveillance system decided made him a potential threat.

This was in Germany.

The weird stuff that happened after 9/11, if you weren't around for it 

@InternetEh the introduction of airport full-body scanners and liquid restrictions on airplanes were both driven significantly by post-9/11 paranoia. There were rumors that Al-Qaida had acquired and were planning to use "liquid explosives" to attack airplanes.

Legal disputes about the human rights implications and health risks of full body scanners continued well into the 2010s.

The weird stuff that happened after 9/11, if you weren't around for it 

@InternetEh daily and hourly "terror threat level" updates akin to the defcon system, complete with browser addons and desktop widgets
fucking walled off "Free speech zones" because free free speech saying "maybe, america bad?" was too inflammatory to be said outside of a chainlink fence

The weird stuff that happened after 9/11, if you weren't around for it 

@InternetEh we grew up a few miles from where the US keeps it's decommissioned chemical weapon stockpile (they can't just get rid of that shit because it's too toxic to burn, so they just keep it in some underground bunkers in kentucky). the county had a bunch of safety stuff they would mail out every year for what to do if the stockpile leaked, and the duct tape/weather stripping thing is still what they say to do if you're too close to run from it

The weird stuff that happened after 9/11, if you weren't around for it 

@InternetEh hell nation

The weird stuff that happened after 9/11, if you weren't around for it 

@Ethancdavenport trump didn't feel that weird honestly

The weird stuff that happened after 9/11, if you weren't around for it 

@InternetEh logical progression if you look at reactionary temperament basically since Obama announced his candidacy, yeah.

The weird stuff that happened after 9/11, if you weren't around for it 

@InternetEh they also created the Office of Strategic Influence. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Office_of_Strategic_Influence

It gets lost sometimes, but they really dug into information warfare at the time.

The weird stuff that happened after 9/11, if you weren't around for it 

@InternetEh ah, a trip down memory lane

The weird stuff that happened after 9/11, if you weren't around for it 

@InternetEh > Nobody seemed to be worried about them coming in from Canada

That couldn't be farther from the truth. Before 2001, the Canada/US border was very lightly controlled. Some crossings were completely uncontrolled, and even at the controlled crossings the border guards often wouldn't check the ID of everyone in a car. A driver's license for the driver was often all you needed. None of that was true in 2003.

The weird stuff that happened after 9/11, if you weren't around for it 

@InternetEh There was my personal favorite, the Microsoft Wingdings Conspiracy
https://wingdingstranslator.com/q33-ny/

The weird stuff that happened after 9/11, if you weren't around for it 

@neko @InternetEh GOD I forgot about this one!!

The weird stuff that happened after 9/11, if you weren't around for it 

@InternetEh the second one is true tho

The weird stuff that happened after 9/11, if you weren't around for it 

@InternetEh conspiracy theorists claimed that Microsoft knew about the attack in advancd to because various 9/11 related bits of text render as certain symbols in Wingdings, eg.:

- "NYC" being a skull and crossbones, a star of David - notably a Jewish symbol, not a Muslim one, but hey - and a thumbs-up
- the flight number "Q33NY" an airplane, two rectangular blocks and again a skull and star of David

The weird stuff that happened after 9/11, if you weren't around for it 

@outie @InternetEh re: the star of David

There was a conspiracy theory that Israel was behind the attack and warned all the Jewish people working at the WTC to leave before the planes hit

The weird stuff that happened after 9/11, if you weren't around for it 

@InternetEh Don't forget the claim that one of the planes that hit the towers had a call sign Q33NY and that the guy who made WingDings was thus psychic...

The weird stuff that happened after 9/11, if you weren't around for it 

@InternetEh I REMEMBER THAT

The weird stuff that happened after 9/11, if you weren't around for it 

@InternetEh Ryan Adams lucked out and got a hit song called New York, New York that came out a few days before 9/11 (I think Ryan Adams did 9/11)

The weird stuff that happened after 9/11, if you weren't around for it 

@InternetEh https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clear_Channel_memorandum there's the list of songs that Clear Channel Communications sent out to their radio stations suggesting they should avoid playing them, with inclusions ranging from amusingly obvious (Leaving on a Jet Plane) to absurd (Smooth Criminal) to kind of terrible and cynical (War Pigs)

The weird stuff that happened after 9/11, if you weren't around for it 

@InternetEh I also seem to remember the first Spiderman film (which also kicked off what is now the Marvel Cinematic Universe) getting delayed so they could edit out shots of the WTC, including Spiderman leaping from one Chrysler Building to another in the CG intro

The weird stuff that happened after 9/11, if you weren't around for it 

@InternetEh there was serious talk about cancelling the rest of the baseball season

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