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No member of the Armed Forces is required by law to commit an illegal act or obey an illegal order. On entering the service, one takes an oath to protect and defend the Constitution, and obey the legal orders of those appointed over us. Torture is illegal in the Constitution, federal law and the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Illegal acts by other people do not justify your own conduct. Everyone is responsible for their own actions, and both the people who commit a crime and the people who order the crime should feel the full weight of the law. Knowing about a violation of the law before or after the fact and not taking action means you are an accomplice to that crime.

I want to see them all in jail!

Pervis James Casey

Riverside, CA

May 13 2009 - 6:39pm

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Mr. Scheer brings up an interesting point when he mentions the idea of "the loyal opposition." This term developed in Britain after the Glorious Revolution to denote those in the House of Commons outside the current ruling clique. One could be loyal to the Crown, yet opposed to the government of the day.

In the US today, the role of the "Crown" has largely been usurped by the president. Therefore, you see in Pelosi and others a confusion as to where their loyalties lay. They were unprepared to stand against a serving president in a time of perceived national crisis, because the Constitution is an abstraction but the president a living, powerful figure, one who more and more seems to take on the mantle of personifying the State. Democrats in Congress have been buying into this symbolic amalgamation since Reagan, although Republicans only believe that fellow Republicans can legitimately hold the mantle of Ruler.

Pelosi wasn't just craven, she was and remains, along with most of Congress, unsure what their role is in a political community where the president is viewed more and more as a kind of elected emperor.

James P. Levy

Syosset, NY

May 13 2009 - 5:53pm

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