I don't know if this is where this would go... it's more an observation then anything.
I just picked up the novel Mass Effect: Ascension. If you played Mass Effect, you know that it ends with the Citadel, which is the centre of the universes combined Governments, being attacked, and almost destroyed. The book takes place after this, and the first chapter describes the aftermath.
It describes how the Council races 'naive sense of invincibility' had been shaken, and paranoia was settling in, security being increased every where. Seeing their leaders almost taken down completely changed everything.
This... just reminds me so much of the current state of America I don't believe it's coincidental. The Post-Geth Assualt period of Mass Effect has got to be inspired by the Post-9/11 period of America.