Debate: Civil Liberties & National Security- Terrorism & Patriot Act Worksheet

Debate: Civil Liberties & National Security- Terrorism & P
Debate: Civil Liberties & National Security- Terrorism & P
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Debate: Civil Liberties & National Security- Terrorism & the Patriot Act Worksheet

Background of the Issue:

After the devastating terrorist attacks of September 11, 2011, the United States declared a “War on Terrorism” Congress passed the Patriot Act to help law enforcement agencies prevent future terrorist attacks.

What is the Proper balance between national security and civil liberties?
The Constitution guarantees rights and freedoms to all American citizens. But during war other crises, government leaders have limited such civil liberties in order to protect citizens’ lives. Should they? Use the timeline to help explore this enduring issue.

















The Debate Issue: Terrorism and the Patriot Act

Background:
After the devastating terrorist attacks of September 11, 2011, the United States declared a “War on Terrorism” Congress passed the Patriot Act to help law enforcement agencies prevent future terrorist attacks.

Task:
Read both sides of the debate below, and answer the questions after reading.

























Questions:
1. Compare- Why does Professor Cole oppose the Patriot Act? Why does the Assistant Attorney General support it?

2. Analyze- Which of the two people above would have been more likely to oppose the work of HUAC during the Cold War? Why?
3. Debate- Learn more about recent debates on civil liberties and the war on terrorism. Then, prepare an argument supporting one viewpoint
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Debate: Civil Liberties & National Security- Terrorism & P
Debate: Civil Liberties & National Security- Terrorism & P
Debate: Civil Liberties & National Security- Terrorism & P