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Gen. Won’t Obey Illegal Nuke Order, But What Is ‘Illegal’?

Law360, Washington (November 20, 2017, 10:13 PM EST) -- Air Force Gen. John Hyten, who oversees the U.S. nuclear arsenal, made waves in the press Saturday when he said he’d refuse an illegal presidential nuclear strike order, though legal experts say that’s far less controversial than what would make such a strike illegal in the first place.

Military officers can not only resist illegal orders, but they are required to, said Hyten, the commander of Strategic Command, as he responded to a question at the Halifax International Security Forum in Canada on Saturday.

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