Friday, October 18, 2013
Obama appoints architect of legal strategy for repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" to Cabinet post with Homeland Security
President Obama has nominated a former defense counsel Jeh Johnson, himself part African-American, to the cabinet post as Secretary of Homeland Security.
Johnson wrote many of the legal papers that the administration used in the gradual repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell”, starting with a law passed at the end of 2010 and requiring a certification process through September, 2011.
Johnson has also worked on ways of bringing women into combat missions.
The Guardian story is here. It’s a little odd that the major US news sites don’t have this headline yet as of mid Friday afternoon. Johnson must be confirmed by the Senate, and I hope he doesn't get questions about DADT.