Wednesday, January 5, 2011
They don't hate us for our freedom any longer. We don't have any...
New research: post-9/11 architecture of fear turns cities into police state zones
Almost a decade after the 9/11 attacks on the U.S., significant downtown areas in some of this country's most prominent cities remain largely sealed off with metal gates and barriers. The explanation is that these urban areas allegedly need "security zones" to protect the populace from terrorist attacks. But a new study just published in the journal Environment and Planning A concludes this "architecture of fear" has done nothing but blight the landscape, limit public access and may promote paranoia.
"Our most open, public cities are becoming police states," study author Jeremy Nemeth, a University of Colorado Denver assistant professor of planning and design, said in a statement to the press. "While a certain amount of security is necessary after terror attacks, no amount of anti-terror architecture would have stopped the 9/11 attacks, or the Madrid or London subway bombings. And by limiting access and closing off space, we limit the potential for more 'eyes on the street' to catch possible acts in the process."
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/030922_architecture_police_state.html#ixzz1AADSDxLx