“Spying among friends, that’s just not done.”


—German chancellor Angela Merkel,

in response to charges that the United States bugged her phone


Take a position. Should the United States spy on friends?

 If we are spying to prevent acts of terror or keep government or intellectual secrets safe, are we justified in our efforts to conduct espionage against other nations?

 Does it matter if that spying is on a friend or ally?

 Do the risks of breaking trust with other nations that we would consider friends outweigh the potential benefits of gathering intelligence that could benefit our national security or intellectual property?

 Do you agree or disagree that spying on nations that we consider our allies should not be done?


First, title your initial post either “The U.S. should not spy on nations we consider friends or allies” or “The U.S. should spy on nations we consider friends or allies.”


Then, using the information gained in this module, make your case.

 What are the benefits to our nation of spying even on those countries we consider allies?

 What are the risks? Do the benefits outweigh the risks? Why or why not?


In your response to your peers, consider how well they justified their positions, making use of available resources. Consider the following questions in your response posts:


Did they support their position convincingly using appropriate resources?

Which of their points make the most sense to you, even if you made a case for the opposing viewpoint?