Essay - Danny's Decision 1) the Central Ethical Issue is Whether or...


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Danny's Decision

1) The central ethical issue is whether or not Danny should leak the inf*****mation to Cross about the fraudulent contracts. Danny would need to break ***** law in order ***** give ***** the information, but the ***** pertains to others in government breaking the law. Danny has a responsibility to ***** American people in h***** role to uncover such information, but he also has a responsibility to the American people to protect the national security interest.

2) One of the key issues is whe*****r or not Danny ***** other channels available to him ***** blow the whistle on the fraudulent c*****tracts. He may in fact have legal means to resolve the issue, rather that resort*****g to illegal means through contact with Cross. Indeed, Danny appears to be covered by the Whistleblower Protection Act, meaning ***** he can disclose t***** fraud to ***** within government and receive protection against action from his superiors (Whitaker, 2007). Thus, Danny may have other alternatives that lessen the ethical quandary involved.

3) Danny can go to Cross, keep the information to himself or ***** through other government channels as an internal whistleblower. We can deduce that those within his department will be negatively affected by the first and third options. Danny will suffer consequences with the ***** option because the activity is illegal. The second option will result in fewer negative consequences f***** ***** but he will have ********** the American people ***** his duty. The third option ***** allow him ***** meet his ***** and mitigate ***** consequences to himself. The other key stakeholder is ***** security. The *****ulent contracts are more potentially damaging than the ***** of *****m, so the ***** option is most damaging. The public ***** a ***** ***** be more harmed ***** the first and second options, the first because ***** controversy would undermine public confidence in ***** and the ***** because ***** taxpayers would be subject to ongoing fraud.

4) Under rule utilitarian*****m, Danny should consider the ***** ***** his action if he were ***** follow ***** rules all of the time (Mautner, no date). ***** is guided by ***** boundaries of his job, which obliges him to consider both his duty to the ***** people and to national security. The expected consequences, in general, are the protection of national security with the occasional ***** or abuse *****ing **********. Under this rule, Danny would need to trust that, on average, ***** results are going to be positive. With whistleblower protection in place, however, Danny can now protect both national security and the taxpayer's *****terest, though Danny cannot assume the system will work as intended, given recent cases of government ***** of state secrets privilege to protest itself (Edmond, 2007).

Under deontology, however, choices are morally required, forbidden or permitted. For Danny, ***** dilemma is that the two ***** he has identified are both ***** by law. ***** third option - to be an internal whistleblower - is permitted. Indeed, it ***** ***** required, because it is part

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