Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Defense Secretary says he will review how DADT is enforced, particularly after "forced outings" by (disgruntled) third parties


CNN is reporting that Defense Secretary Robert Gates, held over from the Bush Administration (not exactly like a hit movie) will take a look “administratively” at the way “don’t ask don’t tell” is enforced. Particularly, he says he will look at whether the law would require separation hearings when a discreet servicemember is outed by a third party, particularly a third party with a vendetta (a favorite word in “Days of our Lives”).

Gates says that his agreement to look at the policy, probably an interim measure prodded by the president after a meeting with gay leaders, does not indicate that he has the legal authority to change the way the policy is enforced without the action of Congress. But the February 1994 administrative rules adopted by the Pentagon would tend to suggest some flexibility, in view of President Clinton’s original “don’t pursue.”

One obvious area to look at would be Internet outing, as on social networking sites like Myspace or Facebook. It sounds like common sense that military commanders would need to have social networking and blogging policies anyway for general security issues outside the scope of (just) DADT.

The link for the story, by Pentagon reporter Barbara Starr, is here.

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