What I remember most about 9/11/2001 is fear. Everyone was in shock and afraid. I was at a tech expo that afternoon.
We all stood around waiting for the next wave. About an hour in we all decided we should be home with our families, not some marketing event.
My friend Rich Long was at my house hooking up a hot water heater. I think he’s the only person in America who worked that day.
The days after I heard really scary things, patriot acts and rounding up people in putting them in prison without trials.
I listened to President Bush talk about the need to make us all safe and secure.
I thought about what Ben Franklin said about a man willing to sacrifice his liberty for security will soon have neither.
About three weeks after the day I was out for my morning run. There was an eerie feel to the day. I’m running out of Montgomery toward Stewart airport, I didn’t see a single plane, you always see planes taking off, flying over Montgomery.
Fire alarms started to sound.
I turned around mid-run, convinced that’s we were again under attack. I ran up to my front porch and grabbed the paper. The front page was black and in giant red letters it read:
I threw the paper down, knew I’d been played and said LOUDLY, so the entire neighborhood could hear me…
Remember the daily, sometimes hourly ”terror alert levels?” Orange was bad, red was really bad, I think, I forget…”
I never believed another word I heard about it.
Yes, never forget they are playing you for a fool and pandering to your fears.
That is how they own you.