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Security expert discusses whether we're any safer 11 years post 9/11

The terror attacks of 9/11 are still being felt in many ways, and that includes an increased sense of security and surveillance that sprung up afterwards.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- The terror attacks of 9/11 are still being felt in many ways, and that includes an increased sense of security and surveillance that sprung up afterwards.

Many aspects of our lives were instantly changed 11 years ago, today. Airport security – for one – became extremely tight. Other areas took longer to change, but change they have for our benefit, making our lives safer and more secure, according to a leading security expert.

“The 16 intelligence agencies of this nation, they’re beginning to talk to one another like they never talked to one another before. We’re talking to foreign governments in ways we never did before,” said Bill Smullen, National Security Studies Professor at SU Maxwell School.

Smullen, a top White House Official at the time says intelligence pulled from things like drones and satellites has disrupted terror networks greatly.

"What they're doing is moving so often that they can't organize themselves in a way that they wish they could, or once could, and that's to our advantage,” Smullen continued.

Smullen says while we’ve reduced terrorists from abroad, things like the failed Times Square bomb scare show we’re still vulnerable.

“However, there are homegrown terrorists that we didn’t count on there ever being. We’ve got to be aware of them. There are people within the United States who would like to contribute to the problem,” Smullen said.

Smullen says it reminds us that we need to be vigilante, although not overly anxious because this war on terror will be with us for our lifetime and generations to come.
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