Only following orders?

“The illegitimate orders that government workers followed during the shutdown might seem like minor infractions, but those who committed them should think about where they would draw the line. Authoritarian regimes often start by demanding that their staffs make minor infringements of civil liberties, but these tend to grow quickly until the people are cowed. Soon, government workers who are doing what they know to be wrong become too frightened of the monster they helped create to stop.”

RAHN: When shutdown orders overrule the Constitution.

After WWII, the excuse of “just following orders” was considered an invalid defense. That was military. What about civilian? The boundaries are being explored and the consequences might be significant.

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