Editorial

Military could refuse to obey

Monday, March 14, 2016

During recent interviews promoting his new book, "Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror," retired four star general and former CIA Director Michael Hayden has stated that U.S. military personnel would likely refuse to follow orders if they were ordered to commit crimes against humanity, such as torturing prisoners or murdering the family members of terrorists.

During an interview Thursday evening on the "Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell" on MSNBC, Hayden explained that military officers are well aware of the principle of international law established during the Nuremberg trials - the principle that following orders is no defense for committing crimes against humanity.

No one, not even the President of the United States, has the authority to order someone to commit atrocities.