Prior to 9/11 terrorism wasn't a very important issue to the unites states,
9/11: Terrorist enemy + counter-terrorism goes to top of agenda, rise of the security state, new infrastructure created (Dept. of Homeland Security), president given greater leeway (rally around the flag effect)
> Largest terrorist attack, terrorism not on radar pre-9/11. Was attacked before at WTC, but wasn't as dramatic.
debate over balance of liberty and security- controversy over use of torture, surveillance, drones, etc. Immigration, flight security.
Taking the fight abroad- Foreign wars and counter terrorism.