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Rod I Robertson Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member18 Apr 2017 5:36 p.m. PST

I stumbled upon a thirty-year old debate which I remember seeing on American PBS in the late 1980's. it is the second part of a two-part programme on military ethics, confidentiality and lawful vs. unlawful orders. It is part of the Fred Friendly series of round-robin discussions which PBS put out on ethics and the US Constitution (two separate series). It is dated in some respects, but it is also timeless in other ways. I feel that it represents the best of what American media could be as a component of an open society and would like to see a modern incarnation of it dealing with the issues and dilemmas of the modern military/intelligence situation. It is well worth a watch and I would also recommend watching Part I which I will also link below.

Part 2:

youtu.be/4vV26fi606g

Part I:

youtu.be/ERgbXRTC_K4

If you invest the time to watch one or both of the videos I invite you to comment below.

Rod Robertson.

Personal logo Weasel Supporting Member of TMP18 Apr 2017 6:14 p.m. PST

I'll give them a look.

I fear that a rational and fact-based look has little chance in our present climate, where ideological lock-step provides easy, immediate answers to any question

Charlie 1218 Apr 2017 6:23 p.m. PST

I remember the series when it first aired. Very thought provoking and well presented. Could the same be done today? Maybe, but as Weasel pointed out, it'd be difficult.

JLA10518 Apr 2017 8:57 p.m. PST

Started watching and found it hard to stop. Must view these later when I have the time. Thanks for the links!

SGT Yuengling Supporting Member of TMP20 Apr 2017 7:58 a.m. PST

Most people I ever served with in two branches, acted in a moral way. Being placed in a position to either lead or follow, make a decision, to act upon or against an illegal order, that is the moment of truth "a morale strength" to act in the correct manner.
I don't think there is a lock step conspiracy to make (or follow) the wrong decision or order. There are leaders of strong morale character, and there are leaders that are not.

US Navy, & Army Guard 1987-2004

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