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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. ***** would need to break the law in order ***** give Cross the information, but the ***** pertains to others in government breaking the law. Danny has a responsibility to ***** American people in h***** role ***** uncover such **********, 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 Danny ***** other channels available to him ***** blow the whistle on ***** fraudulent *****. 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 that he can disclose the fraud to ***** within government and receive protection against action from his superiors (Whitaker, 2007). Thus, Danny may ***** other alternatives that lessen the ethical quandary involved.

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

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

Under deontology, *****, choices ***** 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 ***** - is permitted. Indeed, it is ***** required, because it is part

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