Teaching Examples

Wiretapping violates citizens’ rights
August 20, 2006, 1:22 pm
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No kidding, right? But a U.S. federal judge has finally said so, and I wanted to capture a few links about this — because students need to hear why this is wrong. It’s part of our responsibility as educators to explain to them why they should safeguard their civil rights.

The Washington Post ran a clear, readable story on Friday, Aug. 18: “Judge Rules Against Wiretaps,” by Dan Eggen and Dafna Linzer, on page A01.

The Electronic Privacy Information Center has two pages on the matter: Spotlight on Surveillance and Resources on Domestic Surveillance.

When a government spies on its own citizens, we are only one step away from having goon squads break down our doors in the night, dragging people away without charges, “disappearing” them. This used to be what the U.S. claimed to be fighting against in other countries. It’s worth fighting against. I hope we can prevent it happening here.

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