Thursday, April 01, 2010

Catch-22 in survey as part of the DADT repeal effort

Craig Whitlock has a story on the April 1, 2010 Washington Post about a Catch-22 in the legislative and Pentagon review process in trying to lift “don’t ask don’t tell”. Surveys have to be conducted, and soldiers have to “tell” (confidentially, but in technical violation of the law) to respond to the survey. The link for the story is here and the title is “A 'Don't ask, don't tell' rules complicate survey of troops on policy change”.

I suppose the military could adopt a confidentiality policy (with third party enumerators) similar to the way the Census Bureau works. Census does not permit disclosure of collected information even to other federal law enforcement agencies for any purpose, even counter-terrorism.

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