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NSA Affirmative MDL and NAUDL 2015-16

NSA Affirmative

NSA Affirmative 1

Summary 2

Glossary 3

1AC – Inherency 5

1AC – Inherency 7

1AC – Privacy Rights 11

1AC – Privacy Rights 13

1AC – Privacy Rights 14

1AC – Privacy Rights 16

1AC – Privacy Rights 18

1AC – Privacy Rights 20

1AC – Economy Advantage 21

1AC – Economy Advantage 23

1AC – Economy Advantage 24

1AC – Economy Advantage 26

1AC – Economy Advantage 28

1AC – Economy Advantage 30

1AC – Internet Freedom 34

1AC – Internet Freedom 35

1AC – Internet Freedom 37

1AC – Plan 39

1AC – Solvency 40

1AC – Solvency 42

1AC – Solvency 44

1AC – Solvency 45

Answers to NSA not Invasive 50

Answer to Privacy Invasions Inevitable 51

Answers to “Corporations violate privacy ” [1/3] 52

Answers to “Corporations violate privacy ” [2/3] 53

Answers to “Corporations violate privacy ” [3/3] 55

Answers to Security Comes First [1/2] 56

Answers to Security Comes First [2/2] 58

Answers to “Posner – Balancing Good” 60

Answers to Mass Surveillance Solves Discrimination [1/2] 62

Answers to Mass Surveillance Solves Discrimination [2/2] 64

Privacy is a Gateway Right 66

Privacy is key to Autonomy 68

Surveillance Hurts Freedom [1/2] 69

Surveillance Hurts Freedom [2/2] 70

Surveillance causes a Chilling Effect [1/2] 72

Surveillance causes a Chilling Effect [2/2] 73

Fear Magnifies Privacy Loss 75

Answer to “Nothing to Hide” 77

Answers to Hurts Foreign Companies More 79

Answers to Companies won’t leave cloud 80

Answers to Tech industry not hurt 82

Answers to Economic Decline Doesn’t Cause War 84

Answers to Cybersecurity Sector Turn 85

Answers to USA Freedom Act Solves 87

Answers to Internet Freedom Doesn’t Spur Democracy 89

Answers to Internet Freedom is about Profits 91

Answers to International Surveillance matters more 92

Answers to US not modelled 94

Answers to Democracy doesn’t solve war 96

Limiting Section 702 Solves 99

Plan Solves PRISM 101

Answers to USA Freedom Act Solves [1/2] 103

Answers to USA Freedom Act Solves [2/2] 104

Answers to Domestic Collection is Small [1/2] 106

Answers to Domestic Collection is Small [1/2] 108

Answers to Reforming domestic surveillance alone doesn’t solve 110

Answers to Reforming domestic surveillance alone doesn’t solve 111

Answers to Domestic alone doesn’t solve 113

Answers to Circumvention [1/3] 115

Answers to Circumvention [2/3] 116

Answers to Circumvention [3/3] 117

Answers to Circumvention [3/3] 119

2AC – Topicality Domestic 121

NSA Can be Domestic 123

Answers to – Topicality Domestic 125

Answers to —Topicality Domestic 126

NSA Surveillance does not stop terrorism 127

NSA Surveillance does not stop terrorism- extension 129

Surveillance causes false positives 130

Mass Surveillance creates false positives- extensions 131

Surveillance creates too much data 133

Surveillance creates bad data 134

Answer to: would have solved 9/11 135

Answer to: would have solved 9/11- extensions 136

2AC Answer to the Executive Action 137

Answers to Politics – Plan is popular 139

Answers to Politics – Plan is popular with public 141


This affirmative case argues that the National Security Administration (NSA) current data collection practices are harmful and should be reformed. The affirmative focuses on domestic data collection.

You can choose to construct a case with up to 3 advantages (Privacy, Economy, or Internet Freedom). Read the file select your favorite advantages and practice to make sure you can finish in 8 minutes. Remember the solvency cards too.

Privacy- the NSA currently collects data on millions of internet users who are connected in some way to international communications that the organization is monitoring. This advantage argues that this domestic surveillance practice is a violation of the rights of US citizens and not needed to protect the country from a terrorist attack.

Economy- this advantage argues that NSA domestic spying programs have hurt the American technology sector as businesses around the world avoid using American products like Dropbox and Google since their content could be monitored by the government. This economic slow down could hurt the world economy and lead to wars.

Internet Freedom- this advantage argues that a domestic surveillance program run by the NSA hurts the ability of the US to persuade dictatorships and other authoritarian governments to maintain a free internet. Access to the internet is crucial to fostering democratic transitions around the world. Democratic governments increase peace and are less likely to start wars.

The affirmative would solve this advantage by placing limits on the collection of data to only communication to or from a suspect in an active investigation. This would prevent the government from stockpiling information on every citizen and help make the search for terrorists and other dangerous groups more efficient.


FISA- The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 ("FISA" Pub.L. 95–511, 92 Stat. 1783, 50 U.S.C. ch. 36) is a United States federal law that prescribes procedures for the physical and electronic surveillance and collection of "foreign intelligence information" between "foreign powers" and "agents of foreign powers"

Moore’s Law- is the observation that the number of transistors in a dense integrated circuit has doubled approximately every two years. In other words, computers get twice as powerful every 2 years.

NSA- The National Security Agency is an intelligence organization of the United States government, responsible for global monitoring, collection, and processing of information and data for foreign intelligence and counterintelligence purpose

PRISM- “Planning Tool for Resource Integration, Synchronization, and Management” is a clandestine surveillance program under which the United States National Security Agency (NSA) collects internet communications from at least nine major US internet companies.

Upstream- term used by the National Security Agency (NSA) of the United States for intercepting telephone and internet traffic from the internet backbone, i.e. major internet cables and switches, both domestic and foreign.

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