Should the National Security be valued over Privacy?
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I will take the position of privacy
The other person will defend the position of National Security
Definition of Terms:
1. National Security - is the requirement to maintain the survival of the state through the use of economic power, diplomacy, power projection and political power.
2. Privacy - the state or condition of being free from being observed or disturbed by other people
3. Value - the regard that something is held to deserve; the importance, worth, or usefulness of something
Pro started his argument with the presentation of the US Constitution 4th Amendment which in it's unedited form states that "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.".
However, one thing that pro forgot to realize is that the constitution per se only exists in the motion that the US exists. Thus, the eradication of the United States will also result to the constitution being null and void.
Conclusion: If one's privacy is to maintain under protection by the law, it is rather important to ensure the survival of the law and the state promulgating such regulations. National security has to be valued over privacy as far as the survival of the state is concerned which also in return will maintain the protection of the privacy of its constituents.
kw7319 forfeited this round.
Continuing my defense on why national security has to be valued over privacy in the context of the United States:
I have only one point in this debate and if the con can negate or provide proof that makes the argument wrong then I forfeit the rest: national security ensures the safety of the state and its constituents - first and foremost, the general welfare of the public is the main concern of the government. Con may argue that it is also the government's duty to respect its citizen's privacy but the former argument stands than the latter. The government has to ensure first the survival of the state which in return seeks the security of its people giving them privacy.
Conclusion: National security should be valued over privacy as far as the role of the government is concern.
Just to disclose my reply, there are several measure to ensure national security - why am I saying this? Con may argue that the context of this debate only circles around national surveillance which of course is not the only way national security can be ensured. Other types of methods include: using diplomacy to rally allies and abolish threats, ensuring effective armed forces, implementing civil defense preparedness programs and others does not really violate one's privacy. Thus it is ineffectively wrong to say that privacy is always harmed by national security.
kw7319 forfeited this round.
Conclusion (1): If one's privacy is to maintain under protection by the law, it is rather important to ensure the survival of the law and the state promulgating such regulations. National security has to be valued over privacy as far as the survival of the state is concerned which also in return will maintain the protection of the privacy of its constituents.
Conclusion (2): National security should be valued over privacy as far as the role of the government is concern.
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Vote Placed by bladerunner060 2 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Essentially a full forfeit from Con. Conduct for those forfeits, and arguments for Con's failure to address Pro's case. As always, happy to clarify this RFD.
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