The 9/11 Dilemma: Freedom Vs. Security

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World Studies Name:_____________________________


The 9/11 Dilemma: Freedom Vs. Security

(Knowledge, Comprehension and Analysis)


Historian: 2) Extracting/Gathering and Comprehending Historical Information from a variety of sources; 3) Analyzing and Interpreting Historical Information from a variety of sources; images; Reader: 1) Infer the main idea or purpose in a selection.

What to Do:

  • Read the Upfront article entitled The 9/11 Dilemma: Freedom Vs. Security

  • Complete the following selected response and short answer questions below.


1. Since 9/11, the U.S. has struggled with how to prevent new attacks while…

A. trying to convince the United Nations that Al Qaeda represents a real threat.

B. addressing other domestic and foreign policy issues.

C. not violating Americans’ constitutional rights.

D. negotiating an end to the battle against terrorism.
2. Shortly after 9/11, Congress passed the Patriot Act, which expanded the government’s powers to…

A. search for the most patriotic citizens.

B. conduct surveillance on terrorism suspects.

C. imprison terror suspects.

D. question the citizenship of anyone in the U.S.
3. Critics said President George W. Bush’s program of monitoring communications of people with suspected terrorist ties violated __________ rights.

A. First Amendment

B. Second Amendment

C. Fourth Amendment

D. Fifth Amendment
4. There has been intense debate over whether the detainees at Guantánamo Bay prison…

A. should all be set free for lack of evidence.

B. can have attorneys.

C. are protected by the laws of their home countries.

D. are entitled to constitutional protections.


5. The Obama administration is considering exempting terrorism suspects from the Miranda rules, which require that suspects be informed of their Fifth Amendment right

A. not to incriminate themselves.

B. to plead not guilty by reason of insanity.

C.not to undergo an intrusive search.

D. to be tried overseas.

At Home Practice:

Directions: On a separate piece of paper using the article The 9/11 Dilemma: Freedom Vs. Security answer the following questions in clear and complete sentences.

1. Do the added security measures put in place since the 9/11 attacks make you feel safer? Explain.

2. Should the Guantánamo prison be closed? Why or why not? If so, what do you think should happen to the detainees there?

3. Do terrorism suspects deserve the same constitutional protections that U.S. citizens have? Defend your point of view.

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