John Kenady, on Feb 1 2009, 18.29, said:
Two different groups captured Helo and Sam. They also beat the fucking shit out of them. When we get to the brig, we see that Cap 6 (the pregnant lady) has fresh wounds, and she was already in the brig - no capturing necessary. How widespread do you require?
They also tried to kill the entire command staff in the CiC. The only reason Adama and Tigh are alive is cause Tigh saved their asses from Gaeta's trigger happy compadres. And there's mountains of bodies and ammo as people are moving around the ship.
As I said, Gaeta has started a purge. His fellow mutineers are blowing away anyone they don't like.
Whatever his goals, Gaeta has unleashed a shitstorm anyone with half a brain could see coming and probably crippled the military by doing so.
I recall Lee's diatribe quite well, and I also recall that he said those things before he joined the Quorum of Twelve. Now that he holds political office, legality does indeed (or should) mean a great deal to him.
A change in career doesn't mean he wasn't right.
As to "window dressing", if you're saying that the law means nothing, then neither does Adama's commission nor Roslin's title, and everyone on the fleet is free to do as he or she sees fit. In that case, Adama can make no moral argument against Gaeta's uprising, nor can Roslin complain that Tom Zarek has done anything wrong. Lee himself stated this more succinctly in "Bastille Day", when he told Roslin and Adama that if they didn't hold the elections required by law: "You're not the commander, I'm not a captain, you're not the president, and I don't owe either of you a damned thing."
I didn't say the law meant nothing. I said the term "legal" your using is irrelevant because their not running the Fleet by those laws. The military is running as it always has. The civilian government, on the other hand, is being run under a sort of defacto dictatorship under Roslin, propped up by Adama. They're not free to do as they choose.
While Gaeta's actions may be understandable, they are certainly not a smart. He's taken a terrible course of action to stop this alliance and gone against his Oath to do so.