Speech and Debate Neg Case

Topics: Law, Osama bin Laden, Videos of Osama bin Laden Pages: 3 (1019 words) Published: December 20, 2012
I negate: The United States ought to extend to non-citizens accused of terrorism the same constitutionally due-process protections it grants to citizens. I offer the following definition according to Merriam Webster’s English Dictionary: Ought—expressing obligation. I value: Justice, defined as giving each his due. Note that by committing heinous acts such as terrorism, an individual revokes their claim to the same absolute rights as innocents. It should also be noted that, on the whole, a greater fulfillment of justice should be favored over a lesser one. So, if an action brought justice for thousands of individuals, that action would by its nature be just. My value criterion is: maximizing life and wellbeing. We should favor the greatest prosperity of life and wellbeing for innocent individuals, noting that as a government, it is the duty of the US to protect its citizens and contribute to global stability and prosperity, and when it does this then Justice will be served. Observation: Under the nature of the resolution, the affirmative advocacy claims that all non-citizens are entitled to due-process and suspending due-process in any situation would be morally wrong, whereas the negative advocacy holds the claim that, if the situation allows for it, non-citizens may be given due-process, HOWEVER they are by no means irrevocably entitled to it. Contention 1: By recognizing that non-citizens are not unconditionally deserving of due-process, justice is served. Sub-point A: In the affirmative world, we would never be able to fight enemy combatants such as Osama Bin Laden. Nick Grief, an international lawyer at Kent University, rightfully called the attack on Osama Bin Laden an “extrajudicial killing without due process of law.” Green expands: “There was probably no lawful basis for the killing of Osama Bin Laden, but for many that does not really matter. Sometimes, one can perhaps contend, there may be justice without a legal basis or in breach of due process....
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