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Anything that is against the Laws of Armed Conflict (LOAC), the Uniformed Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), American Federal Law, and the Geneeva Conventions, and possibly local laws. This includes, but is not limited to, failing to attempt to stop unlawful actions and being ordered not to report unlawful actions that you have wittnessed.
For example, a superior officer orders you to fire on a church that has not displayed any hostile actions (such as firing at anyone, or harboring the enemy). That would be an unlawful order which you would be compelled to disobey.
Originally posted by superwurzel666
reply to post by here4awhile
Well, I have never been in the army but from what I can tell from the Nuremburg trials, and various other war crimes trials and tribunals since, when it comes to crimes against humanity, "Just following orders" is not an acceptable defence.