No, I’m not in trouble again.
I haven’t been talking much lately because I’m facing down four pretty major deadlines that all stomp their big Monty Python Feet down over the next few weeks. Five if you included the deadline I met a few days back, in which I labored to finish a short story over the holidays and then— having finally got the damn thing done and just ten minutes before sending it off— discovered that I’d misread the pitch and written the wrong damn story.
I want to be less dumb over this next one. I’m writing a story about neuroenhancement, war crimes, and the culpability of soldiers whose augments anticipate their intentions before they are intentions, proactively opening fire in advance of any actual decision — the kind of thing I’ve wittered on about in the past. Any such story is gonna contain certain elements of military law, both international and domestic: “Just following Orders” may not cut any ice after Nuremberg, but “the voice in my head followed orders it says I would have given before I made them” is a little less clear-cut than that old-school precedent.
Would any of you be able to help me with some of the legal nuts and bolts of such a story? Prisoner protocols, legal procedures, that kind of thing? Or could any of you point me towards a friendly expert who wouldn’t mind having their brain picked? Specific jurisdiction isn’t as important as you might think; there are a lot of places I could set this tale.
The faster I get this done, the sooner I stop sticking my hand out and get back to fiblets and crunchy science-type posts.