Released: Filed Under: Stoa Lincoln-Douglas
About "Probable Cause"
When someone says, “I’m fine,” or “I’m doing well,” I can usually tell when they’re lying. As an intuitive person, I often understand much more of what’s going on than can be seen on the surface. I use the information I have, and I make the most of it and use it to try and figure out the truth.
That’s really the crux of this case. Each and every day, law enforcement across America and around the world protects our security (my value) using one incredibly important concept: probable cause (my criterion). Probable cause is the prime example of truth-seeking being valued above privacy in the real world, and it demonstrates the truth of the resolution.
In this case, we will look at how warrants work based on probable cause, and we will look at the 2015 mass shooting in San Bernardino and ask, “Should Apple have responded differently when asked to help?” We’ll examine the impacts of valuing each side of the resolution on our security as it relates to probable cause. A look at how the resolution IS regularly upheld in the real world will show us how it has affected our lives today.
My main goal with this case is to demonstrate the importance of keeping our priorities in order. I believe privacy is vitally important, but if we were to value it above truth-seeking, we would be left with a law enforcement unable to act on its suspicions and existing evidence for fear of intruding on privacy.
The most important thing for you to remember when running this case is to keep it simple and keep it concrete. Talk about the real world, and how the ideas in the round impact the lives of the judges each and every day.
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Steven is a debater who likes philosophy, linguistics, caffeine, speaker points, the Oxford Comma, and memes. He is also a black belt in karate, and enjoys teaching and learning in general. He specializes in music, puns, and sarcasm.