Acadia Senior College


Disobeying the President

February 16, 2018


Sips Restaurant, Southwest Harbor

Citing the constitution, the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ,) and case law as background, Fred will outline the requirements to obey legal orders, or to disobey illegal orders, given by any military or civilian official, including the president. Four case studies will be presented and audience members will be asked to suggest how they would respond to those orders.

Fred has been engaged in national and international government affairs activities in the White House, the Pentagon, and Weyerhaeuser Company. He also served in the United States Army with responsibilities including senior positions in the offices of the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of the Army, as well as aviation and ground command assignments in Korea, Vietnam, and Alaska. He retired as a full Colonel having served two combat tours during which he was awarded two Distinguished Flying Crosses and the Bronze Star Medal for Valor.

He was selected as a White House Fellow and subsequently served as a member of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships under Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. In 2007, Queen Elizabeth appointed him an honorary member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (NZOM) in recognition of his contribution to enhancing the political and business relationships between the US and New Zealand.

He currently publishes Capitol Commentary, an independent political newsletter.

Please note: Acadia Senior College cancels events for snow days when the MDI schools close for snow/weather  events.  When the school system declares a delay, we will cancel events occurring within the delay time period.

Note: new this season, in fairness to Sip's wait staff, each patron will be charged $5 and receive a coffee and pastry. (Unless patron is purchasing more than a $5 breakfast.) As always, tips are appropriate.

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Disobeying the President