Strip Search

Synopsis: In the aftermath of the September, 11th, in China, the American student Linda Sykes is interrogated by the military Liu Tsung-Yuan. In New York, the Arab student Sharif Bin Said is interrogated by the FBI agent Karen Moore. The psychological methods of interrogation are the same, amicable in the beginning and brutal in the end; but there is no evidence that the students are terrorists. Must security and safety of the State come at the price of freedom?
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Sidney Lumet
Production: Levinson-Fontana Company
120 min

But I don't think that's enough.

I think maybe the best solution

is to put ankle bracelets,

monitoring devices, on specific visitors.

Not you.

In order to keep an eye on their movements.

That way...

we know where they go,

who they associate with,

what they're up to.

Anyway, that's what I think.

But who am I?

Just a lowly cog in a rusty wheel.




Can you identify this man?

No. Who is he?

I don't know. I was hoping you could tell me.

We think he might be a natural-born citizen,

but we're not sure.

See, that's the problem with my concept

about the ankle bracelets.

One does not have to be a foreigner

to be disloyal.

Disloyal? What do you consider disloyal?

Speaking negatively about our government.

Criticizing our leaders.

That's dissent. There's a difference

between disloyalty and dissent.

I'm sure in your mind...

that's true.

(Beeping and whirring)


Are you uncomfortable?

I bet you're uncomfortable.

Do you promise to behave?

How's that?


I'm a public servant. I'm here to serve.

Why am I here?

Were you hurt

when the officers arrested you?


I told them to be respectful.

Why have I been... arrested?


- I haven't done anything wrong.

- That's a filthy habit.

It's unhealthy.


I know that I am a foreigner

and as such I may not be aware

of all the laws you people have...

but I can't imagine what crime I've committed.

How long have you been in this country?

A year.

Maybe a little more.

Well, I can see why that may not be

enough time to learn our laws.

Well, not all of them.


The basics.

The ones that are common everywhere.

You know.

Against murder or stealing...

Perhaps I misspoke. You were not arrested.

You've simply been brought in for questioning.

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Tom Fontana

Tom Fontana (born September 12, 1951 in Buffalo, New York) is an American writer and producer. An Emmy winner, Fontana created NBC's Homicide: Life on the Street and HBO's Oz. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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