Best Argument: Yes
Audience Favored: No (81%)
How do you protect everyone?
David Gewirtz: What do you do? When you lead a democracy, you have two fundamental missions: ensure the freedom of your citizens and keep them safe. The great challenge of democracy is these two responsibilities are often at odds with each other, and yet neither can be sacrificed and both missions must be fulfilled.
But there are bad guys -- nation states dedicated to our destruction for their benefit, terrorists who kill thousands of innocents. These bad actors love our freedoms as much as we do, because it lets them travel through our open society and wreak havoc.
To protect your citizens, you keep an eye out for trouble. With hundreds of millions of citizens and millions of square miles, you must automate the process. You must look for indicators. You must aggregate tons of data. Because discovering a plot must happen before thousands of people die.
So here's the question my opponent must answer: If you don't watch your citizens, if you don't keep an eye out for people who are willing to kill thousands of your neighbors, how do you protect everyone? What do you do? What do you do?
Threat to democracy
Violet Blue: Domestic spying and surveillance is antithetical to democracy; while some say it's necessary for safety, it destroys the fundamental trust between a government and its citizens, which is key to democracy itself. We may be "safer" - and, are we? - but we will no longer be in a democracy. If you trade trust for safety, can you be sure the government is here to protect every one of us? I don't think so.