Give Me Your Metal Detectors

Cartoon by Jim Morin, originally appearing in The Miami Herald. Used with permission.


Focus Questions:

1. What do you think the artist is saying about privacy and freedom from arbitrary government actions in this cartoon? Why do you agree or disagree with his position?

2. To what extent should constitutional standards governing searches in private spaces, such as our homes, as opposed to searches in public settings, such as airports, differ under the Fourth Amendment? Why? How should distinctions between private and public spaces be defined?

3. To what extent do you think Americans today hold privacy and freedom from unreasonable searches or seizures to be fundamental constitutional values? Why?

4. Do you value your Fourth Amendment protections more or less than before September 11, 2001? Why?

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