Paris Attacks Fuel Debate Over Spying

Daily News Article - November 19, 2015


1. The first paragraph of a news article should answer the questions who, what, where and when. List the who, what, where and when of this news item. (NOTE: The remainder of a news article provides details on the why and/or how.)

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2. What did senators learn from a briefing by senior intelligence officials this week?

3. What do U.S. counterterrorism officials expect to find as their investigation moves forward?

4. a) Since 2001, what two positions have the government and the public had on government accessing telephone data on all phones?
b) Why might the pendulum swing back in the other direction again?

5. Senator Cotton is a strong conservative. Conservatives generally do not support this type of government intrusion.
a) What legislation did Sen. Cotton propose? Be specific.
b) What reasons did he give for why he believes it is necessary?

6. Re-read paragraphs 8-9. With whom do you agree? Why?

7. What did each of the following say about government surveillance in fighting terrorism?
-Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security -CIA Director John Brennan
-Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill)
-Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) b) For each, do you agree or disagree? Explain your answers.

8. What do you think:
-Should Americans give up the idea of personal privacy for safety/security to combat terrorism?
-Should Congress enact different laws to thwart the terrorist plots while allowing Americans to keep their privacy? If so, what?
-How should the 4th Amendment be considered in this debate? (Write out the words to the 4th Amendment before answering this one)
-Does it matter if the government has all of your personal information since Google and Facebook already know everything there is to know about you already? Explain your answer.
b) Ask a parent the same questions. Discuss your answers.
c) Ask a grandparent the same questions. Discuss your answers.