Conflicts of loyalty
Democratic Staffer on Intel Committee Tagged as Leaker: House Intelligence Chairman Peter Hoekstra has suspended a Democratic staff member because of concerns he may have leaked a high-level intelligence assessment to The New York Times last month. In a letter obtained by The Associated Press Thursday night, Rep. Ray LaHood, R-Ill., a committee member, said that an unidentified staffer requested the document from National Intelligence Director John Negroponte three days before the Sept. 23 story about its conclusions.
One of the most misused examples of the paramountcy of conscience is the case of St. Thomas More, who could not acknowledge King Henry VIII as his spiritual sovereign. What's often omitted from the story is that More resigned the highest office in England rather than attempt to keep it and undermine his King while in it. He was determined to follow his conscience and pay the price for it. In modern parlance he was a conscientious objector not a whistleblower.
In 1531 he attempted to resign after being forced to take an oath declaring the king the supreme head of the English church "as far the law of Christ allows". In 1532 he asked the king again to relieve him of his office, claiming that he was ill and suffering from sharp chest pains. This time Henry granted his request.
Though out of office he remained a political embarassment. After a frameup he was sentenced to die for treason. On mounting the scaffold More declared that he died "the king's good servant but God's first."