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LCR v. DADT testimony begins

Timothy Kincaid

July 16th, 2010

From the AP

Former Air Force Maj. Michael Almy took the witness stand to support a federal court lawsuit filed by a Republican gay rights organization challenging the constitutionality of the military’s ban on openly gay troops.

Almy said he had been honored as a top communications officer in the Air Force for his leadership skills in running an exemplary unit that helped maintain control over the vast majority of Iraq’s air space during the war.

After his tour, he returned to his base in Germany where he was called to his commander’s office and questioned about a dozen personal e-mails he said the Air Force discovered after a service member searched through his computer in Iraq.

Almy said his commander tried to force him to admit he had violated the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

“We went round and round for approximately 20 minutes,” Almy testified.

Almy said he never admitted to the military he was gay and was careful to keep his personal life separate from his professional one. Still, after the meeting, Almy was told he was relieved of his duties.

Ya know, I feel bad for the person who signed up the defend their country only to find them self assigned to snoop through other people’s private email looking to make sure they are all to people of the right gender. Who wants that job?

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Burr
July 16th, 2010 | LINK

More evidence that DADT wasn’t a compromise at all.. How is this not afoul of the implied “Don’t Pursue”?

That said I don’t think the particular argument of this trial is getting anywhere. Soldiers surrender a lot of their rights in order to do their job. It’s just bad policy, not necessarily unconstitutional.

Lindoro Almaviva
July 16th, 2010 | LINK

Moreover, who wants to be that person when they are discovered?

John in the Bay Area
July 16th, 2010 | LINK

I don’t believe that anyone has been discharged from the military for violation of the Don’t Ask or Don’t Pursue portions of the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell law. I guess that nobody should be surprised that a law that was written to specfically discriminate against a minority group would never be enforced equitably.

paul j stein
July 17th, 2010 | LINK

I guess if ALL the GAY/LESBIAN soldiers came out at once the resulting chaos might get the attention it deserved. Would be easier than living a lie and the resultant stress. And a BIG pain in the ass for commanders.

Mark F.
July 18th, 2010 | LINK

There are 1st Amendment violations, 14th Amendment violations, right to privacy violations, and the policy contradicts the Bowers decision. Should be an easy call for a judge. The military doesn’t have an absolute, unreviewable right to make any policy they want. For example, the military could not forbid Muslims from serving.

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