The Torturers and the Memo-Writers

By Leonard Fein

Forward Association, May 1, 2009

Where does the responsibility for America's acts of torture lie? President Obama has accepted the claim that those who committed the acts were "simply following orders." This repeatedly repudiated defense for war crimes, so notoriously used by Nazis that it is known as the Nuremberg Defense seems inadequate at best. Does there not come a point at which a soldier or an interrogator is required instead to withhold consent? Is there a point at which an underling may say that an order, no matter how auspicious its source, is manifestly illegal?

Topic: Morality, Ethics, Violence, War, Terrorism

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