by President George W. Bush
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President Bush’s “Islam is Peace” Speech
- President George W. Bush
In “President Bush’s ‘Islam is Peace’ Speech,” President Bush addresses the treatment of Muslims in the United States, less than one week after the September 11th terrorist attacks.Pair "President Bush on the PATRIOT Act" with "President Bush's 'Islam is Peace' Speech" to allow students to further explore the balance between safety and tolerance. Can we live in society that is both extremely tolerant of all citizens, but where security and government surveillance exists?
The PATRIOT Act: Protection over Privacy
- Mike Kubic
In “The PATRIOT Act: Protection over Privacy,” Mike Kubic discusses the parameters of the PATRIOT Act and citizens’ varying responses to it.Pair “President Bush on the PATRIOT Act” with “The PATRIOT Act: Protection over Privacy” to provide students with additional information about the PATRIOT Act. How does the information in the two texts compare? Does Bush’s speech influence your opinion on the PATRIOT Act?
Someone Might Be Watching — An Introduction to Dystopian Fiction
- Shelby Ostergaard
In the informational text “Someone Might Be Watching — An Introduction to Dystopian Fiction,” Shelby Ostergaard discusses the characteristics of dystopian fiction and how the genre comments on society.Pair “President Bush on the Patriot Act” with "Someone Might Be Watching — An Introduction to Dystopian Fiction” and ask students to discuss how President Bush discusses surveillance. How might President Bush’s law, allowing extensive surveillance, inspire dystopian fiction? What would this dystopia look like?
After 40 Years, The Complete Pentagon Papers
- Michael Cooper and Sam Roberts
In this New York Times article “After 40 Years, The Complete Pentagon Paper,” Michael Cooper and Sam Roberts discuss how these confidential documents were made public after portions were leaked 40 years ago.Pair “President Bush on the PATRIOT Act” with “After 40 Years, The Complete Pentagon Paper” to provide students with an additional example of a controversial decision the American government made for security reasons. How do both texts explore instances where government has favored security over people’s individual freedoms? How do you think terrorism has influenced the American public’s views on national security and the government’s controversial actions?
U.S. Preparing Charges Against Leaker of Data
- Michael S. Schmidt, Eric Schmitt, and Keith Bradsher
In The New York Times article “U.S. Preparing Charges Against Leaker of Data,” Edward Snowden’s leak of classified information in 2013 and the actions that the United States took in response are discussed.Pair “President Bush on the PATRIOT Act” with “U.S. Preparing Charges Against Leaker of Data” to prompt students to start a discussion about government surveillance. When do students think government surveillance is acceptable? When does it become unconstitutional? How do both articles explore advantages and disadvantages of increased government surveillance?
F.B.I. Watched Activist Groups, New Files Show
- Eric Lichtblau
In his 2005 New York Times article “F.B.I. Watched Activist Groups, New Files Show,” Eric Lichtblau discusses the F.B.I.’s surveillance of certain activist groups.Pair “President Bush on the PATRIOT Act” with “F.B.I. Watched Activist Groups, New Files Show” to provide students with additional information on surveillance during President Bush’s presidency. Ask students to discuss how the PATRIOT Act affected the F.B.I.’s ability to watch activist groups. How does President Bush describe terrorism and how does this compare to the depiction of activist groups in “F.B.I. Watched Activist Groups, New Files Show”?