C. The government is obligated to serve the
public interest. There is a great deal of public interest in
the details of the security measures that are being taken to
protect American citizens abroad. So it is obvious that the government
is obligated to make full disclosure of these security measures
to any member of the public who is interested.
1. The government
has a moral obligation to do what's best for everyone in the country.
People would like to hear about what's being done to protect American citizens.
The government should reveal it's security plans to any Tom, Dick or Harry who
asks. (deductive - direct argument.)
Well, normally the government should be completely forthcoming
about its activities, but we generally make an exception for information that's
genuinely concerned with security, so the speaker bears the burden of proof
Fallacy of equivocation.
The term "public interest"
is here used in two senses: as "the material interests of the public"
and as "what the public is interested in." They're not the same thing.
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