On This Day: U.S.A. P.A.T.R.I.O.T. Act

In the weeks after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Congress passed the U.S.A. P.A.T.R.I.O.T Act. This law—meant to protect the public—was controversial, as some felt it undermined civil liberties. Using video from President George W. Bush, Attorney General John Ashcroft, and legal scholars, pupils evaluate the law and decide whether the trade off is worth it.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use clips to stimulate a continuum debate on civil liberties during war time
  • Offer resource to research civil rights during war time
Classroom Considerations
  • To use the resource, create a free C-SPAN Classroom account or the use of the following login credentials: Username: students, Password: C-SPANCLASSROOM
  • Videos offer a variety of perspectives to inform debate
  • Resource includes change in perspective over time
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