It was the invisible and probably more significant than the physical destruction: the attack on the American collective psyche, the soul of the people, on the society’s sense of invulnerability, stability, prosperity, and the purposeful, progressive direction. We deal with these sequelae of the country’s posttraumatic stress syndrome, in its various and still poorly understood manifestations every day, from personal to the governmental levels. The increased distrust and paranoia of the mass surveillance apparently made it only worse, and this approach does not appear to help in solving the problem.

Michael Novakhov

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