Wednesday, December 03, 2003

Risking National Security Because of Ignorant Bias

"In the past two years, the Department of Defense has discharged 37 linguists from the Defense Language Institute for being gay. Like Glover, many studied Arabic. At a time of heightened need for intelligence specialists, 37 linguists were rendered useless because of their homosexuality.
Historically, military leaders have argued that allowing gays to serve would hurt unit cohesion and recruiting efforts, and infringe on the privacy rights of heterosexuals. In 1993, at the urging of President Clinton, Congress agreed to soften the outright ban on gays in the military with a policy that came to be known as 'don't ask, don't tell,' which allowed them to serve as long as they kept their sexual orientation secret. "
How 'Don't Tell' Translates (

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