National Security vs. Privacy

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Aff Resolved: The United States ought to prioritize the pursuit of national security objectives above the digital privacy of its citizens. In order to provide clarity for today’s round, I will now offer the following definitions ought: be morally right prioritize: rank things according to importance pursuit: the process of trying to achieve something National security: the protection or safety of ones country objective: the goal attended to be attained digital: a device that can read, write, store information, that is represented in numerical form privacy: the quality or condition of being secluded from the presence or view from others Affirming achieves the value of morality mandated by the resolution through the use of the word “ought” which is defined as “morally right”, as in it is morally right to do something. In the case of the resolution this means that it is morally right for the government to prioritize national security above privacy. Morality applies to government because is it merely a group of individuals that have the same moral duty as other citizens, as they take on the moral obligations of the government. The proper value criterion for this round will be providing security. With providing security we can achieve morality because if the people of the United States are not safe, then the government should be doing more in order to assure that they are secure. Contention 1: If individuals willingly make private information public, there is no longer a reasonable expectation of that privacy Subpoint A: There is not a right to privacy for information disclosed to third parties When people go online, they are disclosing information to a third party, such as the service providers and corporations like yahoo and google. These are companies that the government is requesting information from. If this is the case, it seems logical that they can

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