Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Even now, statements made under DADT should not be counted when made under conditions of legal confidentiality

Some time ago, Secretary of Defense Gates announced that the military services would be expected to be much more careful in following “due process” in discharges under “don’t ask don’t tell”, following the spirit, to say the least, of the regulations that were originally announced in February 1994. Gates has been somewhat ambiguous on outright Congressional repeal of the policy, saying that the Pentagon needs to be heard out completely first.

It’s important to remember that sometimes, in relation to security of other government operations, people make personal statements to others under conditions of absolute sworn guarantees of confidentiality. Still, it seems that such statements about personal activities have been deemed as “telling” in many instances in the past, particularly when made to other military personnel with regard to matters like health care or security clearance investigations. Statements made to others sworn to confidentiality should never be regarded as “violations” of DADT even now.

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