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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 the law in order ***** give ***** the **********, but the information pertains to others in government breaking the law. Danny has a responsibility to ***** Americ*****n people in h***** role to uncover such information, but he also has a responsibility to t***** American people *****o protect the national security interest.

2) One of the key issues is whe*****r or not ***** ***** other channels available to him ***** blow the whistle on ***** fraudulent contracts. 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 ***** be covered by the Whistleblower Protection Act, meaning ***** he can disclose t***** fraud to ***** within ***** and receive protection against action from his superiors (Whitaker, 2007). Thus, ***** may have other alternatives that lessen the ethical quandary involved.

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

4) Under rule utilitarianism, Danny should consider the ***** of his action if he were to follow ***** rules all ***** t***** *****ime (Mautner, no date). ***** is guided by the boundaries of his job, which obliges him ***** consider both ***** ***** to the American people and to ***** security. The expected consequences, in general, are the protection of national security with ***** occasional ***** or abuse *****ing allowed. Under 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 security and ***** taxpayer's *****, though Danny cannot assume the system will work as *****tended, given recent cases ***** ***** abuse of state secrets privilege to protest itself (Edmond, 2007).

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


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