Sunday, November 21, 2010

Could "don't ask don't tell" logic over "privacy" spread to TSA screeners?

Well, the spate over the TSA last week is already coming into the “debate” on employment in at least one area outside the military. The Metro Weekly on Nov. 18, 2010 (which I picked up leaving the Town DC last night) has a note on page 82 about an article by “Americans for Truth” (“about Homosexuality”) here.

It’s a curious concept of the application of “truth” to take arguments to their ultimate logical consequences. But, yes, there are areas outside of the military where forced intimacy is possible. The article says “most traveling men would not want Barney Frank to pat them down at the airport security checkpoint”. Would he mind if Barney looked at the body scan image in another room? (Remember Dick Armey’s tongue slip about “Barney f..” and I think Barney was George W.’s dog. Okay, would men mind if a more attractive celebrity like Allen Lambert did it? (I could name many others.) Would the TSA have to enforce a formal “don’t ask don’t tell” policy for screeners? Hopefully, if DADT is finally repealed, the precedence for some areas of civilian life goes away.

I briefly considered becoming a screener in August 2002 while still in Minnesota, and I remember wondering about this possible "extension" of DADT into a civilian job then. But fire deparments have gotten over it (but back in the 1970s it was debated when cities started debating bans in employment on sexual orientation, even in the New York Post and Daily News).  Maybe taking this story seriously adds fuel to the fire, but Metro Times already did!

Last night, the Town DC held an “underwear party”, bringing back some beach in November. My camera didn’t work right under the lighting of the “reviewing stand”.

Also, I tried to get the pictures of the nearby (unrelated) DC9 club that was in the news. Not sure which one is right.

(or this one);



One more thing: I told a church group this morning that there was a real opportunity to end DADT during the lame duck session, and that ending it would help deal with school bullying (anti-gay and other).

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