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Civil libertarian: As electronic surveillance of public places becomes

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Civil libertarian: As electronic surveillance of public places becomes more common and pervasive, we hear more and more attempted justifications of this practice by government officials. Surveillance, they explain, keeps the public honest and polite to one another. Such explanations are obviously self-serving, and so should not be taken to justify these unwarranted invasions of privacy.

A questionable technique used in the civil libertarians argument is to


A. attack an argument different from that actually offered by government officials

B. presume that members of the public are never dishonest or rude to one another

C. insist that modern government practices meet moral standards far higher than those accepted in the past

D. attack government officials’ motives instead of addressing their arguments

E. make a generalization based on a sample that there is a reason to believe is biased
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The best answer is D. This is a method of argument question. The only statement offered in support of the civil libertarians’ position is that the public officials’ explanation is self-serving. This is an attack on the motives of the officials. The civil libertarians have not offered any refutation to the assertion that electronic surveillance of public places has some beneficial effects. Each of the other choices describes a questionable argumentation technique other than the one used by the civil libertarians.
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The answer is D.


A. attack an argument different from that actually offered by government officials no, he is addressing the same argument

B. presume that members of the public are never dishonest or rude to one another nowhere does it say that

C. insist that modern government practices meet moral standards far higher than those accepted in the past nowhere does it say that

D. attack government officials’ motives instead of addressing their arguments yes - the libertarian doesn't address any of the actual claims made (surveillance makes people polite), just the motive behind the claim ("obviously self-serving")

E. make a generalization based on a sample that there is a reason to believe is biased nowhere does it say that
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