They are badly paid, badly trained, and threatened with early retirement or a court-martial if they disobey orders, says Mahfouz.
“I managed to disobey, and fortunately the officers got distracted,” he adds.
These members vow to protect the constitution but also to disobey any governmental orders that they deem “unconstitutional.”
late 14c., from Old French desobeir (13c.) "disobey; refuse service or homage," from Vulgar Latin *disoboedire, reformed with dis- from Late Latin inobedire, a back-formation from inobediens "not obeying," from Latin in- "not" + present participle of obedire (see obey). Related: Disobeyed; disobeying.