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 information to Cross about the fraudulent contracts. Danny would need to break ***** law in order to give ***** the *****, but the *****formation pertains ***** others in government breaking the law. Danny has a responsibility to the Americ*****n people in h***** role ***** 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 ***** ***** other channels available to him to blow the whistle on the fraudulent *****. He may in fact have legal means to resolve the issue, rather that resorting to illegal ***** through c*****tact with Cross. Indeed, Danny appears ***** be covered by the Whistleblower Protection Act, meaning ***** he can disclose ***** fraud to ***** within ***** and receive protection against action from his superiors (Whitaker, 2007). Thus, ***** may ***** ot*****r alternatives that lessen the ***** quandary involved.

3) Danny can go to *****, keep the information to himself or ***** through o*****r 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 ***** suffer consequences with the ***** option because the activity is illegal. ***** second option will result in fewer negative consequences f***** ***** but he ***** have ********** the American people ***** his duty. The third option will allow him ***** meet his duty and mitigate negative consequences to himself. The other key stakeholder is national security. The fraudulent contracts are more potentially damaging than the ***** of *****m, so the second option is most damaging. ***** public as a st*****keholder would be ***** harmed by the first and ***** options, the first because ***** controversy ***** undermine public confidence in ***** and the second because ***** taxpayers would be subject to ongoing fraud.

4) Under rule utilitarian*****m, Danny should consider the ***** of his action if he were ***** follow the rules all of ***** time (Mautner, no date). ***** is guided ***** the boundaries of h***** job, which obliges him to consider both his ***** to the ***** people and to ***** security. The expected consequences, in general, are the protection of national security with the occasional ***** or abuse being allowed. ***** this rule, Danny would need to trust that, on average, the results are going to be positive. With whistleblower protection in place, however, Danny can now protect both national ***** ***** the taxpayer's *****, though Danny can***** assume the system will work as *****tended, given recent cases ***** government abuse of state secrets privilege ***** protest itself (Edmond, 2007).

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

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