“Emergencies have always been the pretext on which the safeguards of individual liberty have been eroded,” Friedrich Hayek, winner of Nobel Prize for Economics, once said.

Those words ring true today amid the government’s pandemic power grab, and they were true 20 years ago relating to the government’s response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

As we approach the 20th remembrance of the horrific terrorist attacks on New York City’s Twin Towers, the Pentagon in Washington D.C., and Shanksville Penn., which took the lives of nearly 3,000 Americans on Sept. 11, 2001, it’s time to reflect on how Americans’ outlooks have changed since then.

When Americans were asked in a survey about how they think 9/11 has affected our country, 46 percent, a plurality, of respondents indicated they believe the worst terrorist attacks ever committed on American soil forced the U.S. to take a turn for the worse.

The poll conducted by The Washington Post and ABC between Aug. 29 to Sept. 1 also discovered that a much lower 33 percent of respondents believe that the country changed for the better.

Despite more security and better technology to thwart more threats than ever before, more Americans felt that the U.S. was only “somewhat” or “much” less safe from terrorist attacks than they indicated 10 years ago on Sept. 1, 2011, The Hill reported.

This data makes sense considering the Biden’s botched handling of the U.S. troop withdrawal allowed for ISIS-K terrorist attacks that left 13 U.S. service members dead, 18 more wounded, and hundreds of civilians stranded. Not to mention rising foreign cyber-attacks on the United States’ critical infrastructure under Biden’s watch.

The bottom line is that Americans feel less safe from terrorist threats with Biden as president.

The survey found a surprising split between Americans on whether the U.S. troop withdrawal makes them more or less safe from future terrorist attacks.

44 percent of respondents said the withdrawal makes the U.S. less safe while 45 percent indicated “it makes no difference,” The Hill added.

It seems that no amount of reassurance from the Biden administration can stop Americans from seeing through the false sense of security the government promises as the 20th commemoration of 9/11 approaches. Unfortunately, the sad reality is this research shows Americans are not convinced they will be protected from terrorist attacks so long as the Biden administration compromises the safety of troops and civilians abroad.