Comment: UCMJ

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The "I was only following orders" excuse made by criminals with badges was not given any credit in the past.

After World War II, Nazi war crimes were prosecuted at Nuremberg, and those trials established an important principle: that is the responsibility of every individual to make an independent determination of the legality of any law or official act. No one may delegate that duty to others, not to superiors, and not to judges. It is no defense that you were "just following orders".

I think that many Military Soldiers aught to be given the credit due them for their very generous choices to disobey unlawful orders.



"1729: Rear Admiral Lawrence Geis, commander of the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean, protests decision to recall rescue planes to Secretary of Defense McNamara. At that point President Johnson comes on the phone and says he didn’t care if the ship sunk, he would not embarrass his allies. Admiral Geis tells Lt. Commander David Lewis, head of the Liberty’s NSA group, of the remark, but asks him not to repeat it until after he dies. It is a promise Lewis will honor."

In that case the order is to shut up.

Now look here:

Time 38:18

"Everyone knew what worse meant."

If good people do not credit good people for making the ultimate sacrifice, such as disobeying criminals with badges, then we are not good people.