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
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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.

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

Long before "fake news" was a thing, the owners of a right wing website sent Jeff Gannon (a pseudonym) to white house press conferences, where he was granted a pass despite not being a real reporter. He was actually a sex worker. He asked extremely flattering questions and got caught

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

"with us or against us" is an important 9/11 catch phrase. Bush said every nation on earth is either with the US or with the terrorists, which you can imagine carried some diplomatic problems.

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

The US spent a quarter billion on a war game called "operation millennium challenge," where we "fought" Not Iran. But Not Iran actually cleaned our clocks.

There are those who say Iraq was supposed to be the staging ground for an invasion of Iran, but obviously that didn't go as planned

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

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

@InternetEh good thread

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

@zenhob it's weird being burdened with this knowledge in times people say are more stressful than ever. I guess they are, but things haven't been normal for decades

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

@InternetEh @zenhob Its actually a little comforting to remember shit has been messed up so long. It didn't all start with Trump, and its actually progressing quite slowly, even if it ain't good.

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

@InternetEh the absolute funniest thing about this in my opinion is that it's a 30 minute window

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

@robotcarsley I think those are the times the planes hit the towers?

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

@InternetEh thankfully that's not quite the case, so I don't think that's what they were aiming for. North tower was 8:46, but then south tower was 9:03 and pentagon was 9:37

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

@InternetEh that would be way, WAY worse though

@InternetEh makes sense tho each muffin is a symbol for ————— a dead body

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

@InternetEh some of my own memories:

How overnight, the number of US flags flying anywhere in the country (by houses, businesses, town centers, ANYWHERE) at least doubled if not tripled *and has never reduced*

How many articles, books, TV programs, etc. came out with the phrase “why they hate us” wherein they is terrorists, or Afghans, or Arabs, or brown people generally, or a disturbingly ambiguous blend

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

@InternetEh how much merchandise proliferated with NYPD or FDNY logos, everywhere. I was repulsed not just because of my budding politics but because of the blatant commercializing of the attacks

How TSA strip searches became commonplace

How people talked about bin Laden and Hussein as “Osama” and “Saddam” as if using their first names could belittle them

How I heard both teens and old men advocate for *nuking* Iraq

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