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The Second Edition of Case Studies in Organizational Communication: Ethical Perspectives and Practices, by Dr. Steve May, integrates ethical theory and practice to help strengthen readers’ awareness, judgment, and action in organizations by exploring ethical dilemmas in a diverse range of well-known business cases.

Outsourcing U.S. Intelligence
Outsourcing U.S. intelligence

This case examines the role of private sector contractors who conduct intelligence operations and other “inherently governmental” activities, including those affecting the life, liberty, or property of private persons. It explores the ethical paradoxes of outsourcing U.S. intelligence, considering the tension between the efficacy and ethics of such practices. Finally, it questions whether the ethics of intelligence operations should be codified as a set of normative guidelines or understood as context-specific and, therefore, situational.

The New York Times reported on March 14, 2010, that Michael D. Furlong, a senior U.S. Defense Department official, had “under the cover of a benign government information-gathering program” developed a network of private sector contractors to help track and kill suspected militants in Afghanistan and Pakistan ...

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