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Security vs. civil liberties.

Study the political cartoon below, which addresses one of the most controversial issues America has had to face in the post-9/11 world, and answer the questions at right.

... WE'RE TAPPING YOUR PHONES...

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... ANALYZING YOUR CALLING HABITS ...

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... AND COMPILING DATA ON ALL YOUR PERSONAL INFO ...

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... TO KEEP THE BAD GUYS FROM TAKING AWAY YOUR FREEDOMS ...

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ANALYZE THE CARTOON

1. Who is the man in the trench coat?

2. Who are the "bad guys"?

3. What does the cartoon suggest about the balance between national security and civil liberties?

4. Based on the cartoon, how would you guess the cartoonist feels about domestic spying since 9/11?

5. How, if at all, would your opinion of domestic spying change if the information it uncovered helped prevent another terrorist attack?

6. What might you ask the man in the trench coat if he suddenly came to life?
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Title Annotation:CARTOON ANALYSIS
Publication:New York Times Upfront
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 4, 2006
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