The Oath

PBS Premiere: Sept. 21, 2010Check the broadcast schedule »

Take Action

Convene a teach-in on the potential unintended consequences of the USA Patriot Act and the provision that Congress created to declare providing material support to terrorists a war crime. Ask presenters to pay special attention to how people or organizations are labeled "terrorist" and the potential for the law to be used against anyone who disagrees with U.S. foreign or military policies. weigh those concerns against the contribution the law makes to American security.

Compare U.S. coverage of any of the issues raised in The oath with coverage from other news sources, including Arab news sources such as Al Arabiya or Al Jazeera, online sources (e.g., AlterNet) and international sources (e.g., the BBC). Find ways to share what you learn about how differences in perspective color the choice and presentation of information.

Start an interfaith exchange designed to enhance understanding between people of various faith traditions in your community.

Contact your elected representatives and let them know what you think should happen to the prisoners currently being held in the detention center at Guantanamo Bay.