Twenty years later 9/11, many of the little things that were once considered trivial now seem insignificant: walking with loved ones to the gate of their escape, just passing through a corporate yard, using the streets near government buildings. Our metropolises’ commons are now closed with iron and lighting. In the midst of the last plague of last year and a half, cities have become much stronger. With each new barrier set in motion, many things in the city are shattered: freedom of movement, movement, and even, as Walter Benjamin puts it, “losing their way …
It’s hard to get lost if you follow constantly. It is also difficult to assemble freely when the space between the house and the work is cleared. Known as the third place, and the skeletal muscles connected together by the modern segments: a public park where young people can skateboard next to grandma playing chess, a library where children can learn to read and less affluent people can find a way to help. When the third area disappears, as has been the case since the threats, regions can shrink.
Without a place to unite us, citizens are like different groups that work in the same way. Just as social networking sites weaken our ability to communicate online, the loss of third-party content can make room for similar.
The United States has never been more expert in defending our third place. For slaves and natives, entering the town square could be a capital offense. Subsequently, Jim Crow-type terrorism in the South denied black Americans not only suffering, but also access to lunch, human food, and cold water. In northern cities like New York, black Americans continued to face arrest and violence for violating strict, but invisible laws.
Throughout the 20th century, New York devised ways to ensure that non-partisan neighbors could share the city’s corporations, by law, as they would. In 1999, former mayor Rudy Giuliani warned people in New York that “There are no roads in the mainland for people to sleep on.” His threats prompted tens of thousands of NYPD officers to monitor and push the unidentified people, leaving public places too small.
Despite these shortcomings, 9/11 million New Yorkers have yet to travel in many modern directions – state parks, shelters, roads, roads, open spaces, and local gardens, crossings and those who may not have met. This casual encounter makes our city more peaceful and gives us a sense of belonging. The space we shared began to leave us 20 years ago, and if we are not careful, it will be lost forever.
In the wake of these terrorists, we heard patriotic remarks from those who pledged to “protect democracy.” But in the years that followed, their security became a major threat to democracy, rebuilding cities as a place of refuge. The billions we spent on “protecting our way of life” have confirmed that they have changed, and it is unclear if we can change this.
In the world where the phrase “papers, please” was synonymous with external authority, the ID photo has become the most important thing of all time. After 9/11, a man in New York spends the whole day walking around the city without an ID. Now there is a need to enter almost every major building or organization.
While the ID check has become a memorial to millions of lucky people in New York, it is a source of uncertainty and fear for some. Millions of Americans do not have a photo ID, and for millions of others, the use of IDs is dangerous, a source of information for Immigration and Customs Enforcing.
According to Mizue Aizeki, temporary caretaker of the Immigrant Defense Project in New York, “IDs are at high risk of becoming surveillance equipment.” Aizeki added, “data analysis and analysis have become increasingly important for ICE to be able to identify and track immigrants,” noting that the Department of Homeland Security has significantly increased its administrative support since its inception from 9/11.
ICE has destroyed millions of people connecting with companies like Palantir, a source of controversy that sells information to governments at home and abroad. Vendors can pick up a list of digital registrations from the homes we display our IDs, face recognition in the squares, and many other lighting devices that look at the areas around the offices with the military. According to Aizeki, “an increasing number of foreign police officers, their freedom fighters are experiencing a rapid increase in surveillance.”