Quotes: Just Following Orders
The Virgin Mary herself could come waltzin' up in here with her fine ass, titties hangin' out and everything, and if she tells me your name is Jesus Christ, I still
gotta take you to see the Boss. You know why? Slevin:
Haven Hive customs official
: ...I'm just doing my job. Schlock
: [in mock panic] You did NOT just say that
. When a firefighter pulls a baby out of a burning house and says "I'm just doing my job," the guy gets a medal. [grabs the official]
But when a tin-pot burro-crat says "I'm just doing my job," he gets filled
with metal. Little pieces, moving very fast.
: All I do is carry out orders, carry out orders. I don't know what the idea is behind the order. Who it's for, or who it's against, or why. All I do is carry it out. McCarthy
: You don't read enough.
The fact that a person acted pursuant to order of his Government or of a superior does not relieve him from responsibility under international law, provided a moral choice was in fact possible to him.
—Principle IV of the Nuremberg principles.
The distinguishing mark of a manifestly illegal order is that above such an order should fly, like a black flag, a warning saying: 'Prohibited!
[A]ll civilized nations recognize the principle that a subordinate is covered by the orders of his superiors
Just following orders is an coward's excuse, Dorothea!