I served as an officer in the United States Navy.
I am currently a federal civilian employee.
I took the following oath to the United States Constitution:
I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.
Not only did I take the oath “without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion” but I took it with pride.
I am bound by that oath and will be for the rest of my life.
Please note that there is nothing in the oath requiring me to blindly obey any and every order. There’s a reason for this–I am expected to refuse any illegal order.
After World War Two, many Nazis attempted to defend their brutality by claiming that they were only following orders. That defense is insulting.
Why am I writing this? I read “Illegal Order” and the linked news story dated 26 July 2020 on https://diogenestoday.com/