November 2013 NFL Public Forum Resources: NSA Domestic Surveillance

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The resolution, released by the National Forensics League on October 1, 2013 is:

Resolved: The benefits of domestic surveillance by the NSA outweigh the harms.

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META

  • NSA: HOW DOES THE PROGRAM WORK?
  • TOO LITTLE IS KNOWN TO JUDGE THE PROGRAM

PRO

  • NSA PROGRAM GOOD: PANIC ABOUT THE PROGRAM IS OVERBLOWN
  • NSA PROGRAM GOOD: GIVES ACCESS TO TOOLS WHILE MAINTAINING RIGHTS
  • NSA PROGRAM GOOD: WILL SERVE AS A DETERRENT
  • NSA PROGRAM GOOD: SIGNIFICANT CHECKS ON THE USE OF TECHNOLOGY IN SURVEILLANCE
  • NSA PROGRAM GOOD: LITTLE IMPACT ON CIVIL LIBERTIES
  • NSA PROGRAM GOOD: USES MOSTLY PUBLICLY AVAILABLE INFORMATION
  • NSA PROGRAM GOOD: PROGRAM IS VERY LIMITED
  • NSA PROGRAM GOOD: SIGNIFICANT RULES EXIST TO PROTECT CIVIL LIBERTIES/CURB ABUSE
  • NSA PROGRAM GOOD: CRITICAL COUNTERTERRORISM TOOL
  • NDA PROGRAM GOOD: MASSIVE DATA COLLECTION JUSTIFIED
  • NSA PROGRAM GOOD: HAS FOILED SEVERAL ATTACKS AGAINST THE UNITED STATES
  • NSA PROGRAM GOOD: HELPED IN THE BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING
  • NSA PROGRAM GOOD: CURRENT TRACKING DOZENS OF IMPORTANT CASES OF POTENTIAL TERRORISM
  • NSA PROGRAM GOOD: AMERICAN PUBLIC SUPPORTS
  • NSA PROGRAM GOOD: DOESN’T TARGET US CITIZENS
  • NSA PROGRAM GOOD: ONLY USED IN EXTREME CASES
  • NSA PROGRAM GOOD: CONGRESS APPROVED
  • NSA PROGRAM GOOD: GENERALLY CONSIDERED TO BE CONSTITUTIONAL
  • SECRECY GOOD: NECESSARY FOR SOME GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS
  • SECRECY GOOD: SECRECY CRITICAL TO THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE NSA PROGRAM
  • CURBING NSA BAD: WILL BRING ABOUT TERRORIST ATTACKS
  • NSA GOOD: LESS LIKELY TO ABUSE RIGHTS THAN OTHER AGENCIES
  • NSA PROGRAM NOT UNIQUE: GOVERNMENT ALWAYS TRACKED FINANCIAL INFORMATION
  • A/T: DUE TO THE SECRECY, WE DON’T EVEN KNOW THE EXTENT OF THE ABUSE
  • A/T: NSA PROGRAM = ABUSE
  • A/T: THE NSA CAN READ OUR EMAILS OR LISTEN TO OUR CALLS!
  • A/T: SURVEILLANCE HAS SCALED FREE EXPRESSION

CON

  • NSA PROGRAM BAD: CONSTITUTES A MASSIVE SPY PROGRAM
  • NSA PROGRAM BAD: PRONE TO ABUSE
  • NSA PROGRAM BAD: WE MIGHT NOT EVEN KNOW THE EXTENT OF THE ABUSE
  • NSA PROGRAM BAD: RATCHET EFFECT WILL LEAD TO MASSIVE CURBING OF CIVIL LIBERTIES
  • NSA PROGRAM BAD: METADATA COLLECTION VIOLATES CIVIL LIBERTIES
  • NSA PROGRAM BAD: VIOLATES THE CONSTITUTION
  • NSA PROGRAM BAD: CONGRESS NEVER APPROVED THIS SPECIFIC PROGRAM
  • NSA PROGRAM BAD: FAR-REACHING LAWS ARE HARD TO REPEAL
  • NSA PROGRAM BAD: BAD COUNTERTERRORISM TOOL
  • NSA PROGRAM BAD: PUBLIC BECOMING CYNICAL ABOUT THE PROGRAM
  • NSA PROGRAM BAD: TOO EXPENSIVE
  • NSA PROGRAM BAD: TOO BROAD
  • NSA PROGRAM BAD: DOESN’T YIELD ENOUGH RESULTS TO CONTINUE THE PROGRAM
  • NSA PROGRAM BAD: THE CITED CASES THAT JUSTIFY THE PROGRAM ARE COUNTERED BY THE PUBLIC RECORD
  • NSA PROGRAM BAD: GOES BEYOND THE BOUNDARIES OF THE PATRIOT ACT
  • NSA PROGRAM BAD: CURBS FREE EXPRESSION
  • NSA PROGRAM BAD: PUBLIC REACTION TO THIS PROGRAM WILL IMPACT FUTURE COUNTERTERRORISM PROGRAMS
  • NSA PROGRAM BAD: ADVOCATES EXAGGERATE THE BENEFITS OF THE PROGRAM
  • NSA PROGRAM BAD: SHOULDN’T BASE POLICY BASED ON EMOTION OR FEAR OF TERRORISM
  • NSA PROGRAM BAD: EVEN DEFENDERS WANT TO CURB THE PROGRAM
  • NSA PROGRAM BAD: PROGRAM COSTS US BUSINESS BILLIONS IN POTENTIAL SALES
  • SECRECY BAD: MAKES IT LESS LIKELY WE CAN CATCH ABUSE
  • SECRECY BAD: WOULDN’T HAVE RISKED POLICE ACTIONS AGAINST TERRORISTS
  • A/T: TERRORISM JUSTIFIES NSA PROGRAM
  • A/T: EVERYONE APPROVED THE NSA PROGRAM!
  • A/T: WE VOLUNTARILY GIVE UP TONS OF PERSONAL DATA