Senate blocks measures to extend NSA program

Daily News Article - May 26, 2015


PLEASE NOTE: Daily posting and “Answers” emails will end for the school year on Friday, May 29th.

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.)

2.  What are the main reasons people support or oppose the NSA's phone surveillance program?

3.  What two measures did senators block the Senate from passing on Saturday?

4.  Why does Republican Sen. Rand Paul object to the NSA's surveillance program?

5. Read about the NSA’s surveillance program, the NSA, FISA and FISC under “Background” below.
a) What is the purpose of the NSA (National Security Agency)?
b) Do you think the NSA needs the surveillance program to effectively protect Americans? Explain your answer.

6.  a) Which leaders want the NSA surveillance program to continue?
b)  Why does Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell say he will reconvene the Senate on Sunday, May 31?

7.  Ask a parent if he/she supports or opposes the NSA surveillance program as necessary to preventing terrorist attacks.

CHALLENGE: How do the two senators from your state stand on the issue?