Grades 6-12

How do Increased Security Needs affect our Civil Liberties?


How do increased security needs affect our civil liberties?

Pat Oliphant, "Watch Out for the Backswing, Kid" (political cartoon)

Watch out for the backswing, kid

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Focus Questions

  • Why do you think Oliphant chose to depict Civil Liberties as a young child waving an American flag?

  • What do you think Uncle Sam represents in this cartoon?

  • How do you interpret Uncle Sam's attitude toward Civil Liberties?

  • Do you believe this cartoon accurately reflects the position of civil liberties after September 11, 2001?

Suggested Resources
American Civil Liberties Union "Safe and Free" website

Professor Lewis R. Katz, "Anti-Terrorism Laws: Too Much of a Good Thing"

Attorney General John Ashcroft's Testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, "Preserving Our Freedoms While Defending Against Terrorism," 12/06/01

Note: The views expressed here have not been approved by the House of Delegates or the Board of Governors of the American Bar Association, and accordingly, should not be construed as representing the policy of the American Bar Association, nor do they represent the official position or policies of the ABA Standing Committee on Public Education.