"Our job is to follow orders from the commander in chief and respect the chain of command. If you have different opinions I suggest you file them in a deep, dark place where nobody'll ever find them."
- – General Smits to Captain Sheridan
When martial law was declared by President Clark and EarthGov's Political Office ordered that the Nightwatch would take over Babylon 5 security in 2260, Smits ordered a protesting John Sheridan to follow the chain of command. It was a hidden message, reminding Sheridan that Earthforce officers are not subject to Political Office command, thus giving him a legal loophole to arrest all Nightwatch members for mutiny.