Released: Filed Under: NCFCA Policy
About "FISA 702"
FISA Section 702 is part of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act which allows the government to obtain the communications of foreigners outside the United States, including foreign terrorist threats, without a warrant. The affirmative case argues that because Americans’ communications may incidentally be collected as part of this surveillance, it’s a privacy and Fourth Amendment violation and therefore must be abolished.
On negative, it’s important to remember that you aren’t just debating against a plan, you’re also arguing for something. In this case, your job is to argue for FISA Section 702 and the safer world that it brings. You’ll also need to impact that idea of safety directly to America and to the judge. There’s only one disadvantage in this brief, so you’ll need to go deep with it and combine it with significance points to outweigh the affirmative harms. With the status quo, privacy violations are minimal and insignificant; with the proposed plan, the chances of future terrorist attacks are real and serious.
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Kirstin competed in NCFCA in eight speech categories, as well as both Lincoln-Douglas and Policy debate. She ranked in the top 4 at Nationals in three speech events and advanced to debate finals at five tournaments, three of which she won. Her favorite accomplishment was receiving first place at Nationals her senior year in Impromptu. Kirstin is a student at Wheaton College majoring in music, and enjoys running her own calligraphy business.