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Mirror, Mirror
  1. Last week, the Senate Intelligence Committee released a report on the C.I.A.’s secret interrogations program launched in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The report disclosed shocking details about the C.I.A.’s use of torture on suspected terrorists. It also concluded that the C.I.A. exaggerated how effective these techniques were in securing information from detainees. How is Uncle Sam’s reflection depicted in the cartoon?
  2. How does Uncle Sam seem to feel about what he sees in the mirror?
  3. Why is the cartoon titled “The Selfie”? How is the C.I.A. report a “selfie” of the nation?
  4. What point is the cartoonist trying to make? Do you agree or disagree? Why?
  5. The chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Dianne Feinstein, called the C.I.A.’s behavior “a stain on our values and on our history.” But the C.I.A. says the brutal acts were necessary to gain useful information to prevent terrorist attacks in the U.S. Who do you agree with, and why?
  6. Do you think government use of torture is ever justified? Explain.