Terror on the Inner Border

September 8, 2005 | The Nation |

Senior Fellow Sasha Abramsky discusses how America's small-town psychology is changing post-9/11. Effort to create illusory appearances of security through public actions such as the Border Patrol are really generating a Potemkin Village-like facade, a simulacra of anti-terrorism activity that nets a large number of visa-overstays from countries not linked to terrorism.

Al Qaeda's murderous assault on New York City and Washington on September 11, 2001, set off a chain reaction that has transformed the political discourse in the United States and sent reverberations around the world. At the same time, it has altered the way communities throughout this vast country function and the assumptions by which individuals in cities and hamlets across the millions of square miles that are America live their lives.