RE: Y2K: Am I paranoid?

Randall Randall (
Thu, 11 Feb 1999 01:36:45 -0500

It's been rumored that on Wed, 10 Feb 1999, Billy Brown wrote:
>Randall Randall wrote:
>> It's been rumored that on Wed, 10 Feb 1999, Eliezer S. Yudkowsky wrote:
>> >Why would the military go along with it?
>> Because they're told it's their duty, and the first coupla
>> people to refuse get court-martialed?
>Actually, our military code of justice would *require* them to refuse to
>obey such an order. You could plausibly face a court martial for complying
>with it. The idea is that a soldier takes his oath to the Constitution, and
>this oath takes precedence over the orders of his superior officers.

That *is* the idea. It just isn't the real life. :( While I don't think that the emergency will be widespread enough for the military to be plausibly called out, I have no trouble believing that the people I was in with (when I was in the US Army) would follow these sorts of orders. The problem is that most soldiers believe that their superior officers won't *give* unConstitutional orders, so if they get an order, it must be Constitutional. Nor do they habitually weigh each and every order, or even the unusual ones, against the Constitution. Most soldiers do not have even a good idea of what the Constitution *says*!

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