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 the law in order to give Cross ***** information, but the ***** pertains to others in government breaking the law. Danny has a responsibility to the American people in his role ***** uncover such **********, 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 has 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 contact with *****. Indeed, Danny appears ***** be covered by the Whistleblower Protection Act, meaning ***** he can disclose t***** fraud to others 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 go through o*****r government ***** 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. ***** second option will result in fewer negative consequences for Danny but he will have failed the American people in his duty. The ***** option will allow him ***** meet his duty and mitigate negative consequences to himself. The other key stakeholder is ***** security. The ***** contracts are more potentially damag*****g than the leak of them, so the second option is most damaging. ***** public as a ***** would be more harmed by the first and second options, the ***** ***** ***** controversy ***** undermine public confidence in ***** and the ***** because the taxpayers would be subject to ongoing *****.

4) Under rule utilitarianism, Danny should consider the ***** ***** his action if he were to follow ***** rules all of t***** *****ime (Mautner, no date). ***** is guided by the 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 fraud or abuse *****ing allowed. ***** this rule, Danny would need to trust that, on average, the results are going to be positive. With whistleblower protecti***** in place, however, ***** can now protect both national security ***** ***** taxpayer's *****, though Danny cannot assume the system ***** work as *****tended, given recent c*****es of government ***** of state secrets privilege ***** protest itself (Edmond, *****).

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

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