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‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Report on Track, Mullen Says

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

MELBOURNE, Australia, Nov. 8, 2010 – The working group looking at how the Defense Department should respond to a repeal of the so-called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law is on track to deliver its report Dec. 1, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today.

Navy Adm. Mike Mullen and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates are here for the Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations, and the law that bans gay men and lesbians from serving openly in the U.S. military was raised during a roundtable discussion they had with Australian and American reporters.

A U.S. district judge in California ruled the law unconstitutional, but an appeals court stayed the judge’s decision until the appeal process is finished.

The chairman expressed surprise at comments raising questions about repealing the law by Gen. James F. Amos, the new commandant of the Marine Corps, during an interview with the Los Angeles Times, noting that he and the rest of the Joint Chiefs of Staff are relying on the report of the working group to inform their decision.

Defense Department General Counsel Jeh C. Johnson and Gen. Carter Ham, the commander of U.S. Army Europe, are co-chairs of the group. Their deadline to Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is Dec. 1.

“I have great confidence that the review is tracking and will come in on time,” Mullen said. “I’ve met with all the service chiefs several times, and [they] understand the process, as well as the timing of all this.”

Mullen said that while it is important that the service chiefs give their advice, they should do so privately.

President Barack Obama, Gates and Mullen are on record favoring a repeal of the law, which was enacted in 1994, but defense leaders want any change to take place in a deliberate manner. Gates has said the services will need time to put processes, training and policies in place if Congress repeals the law.

 

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11/27/2010 12:49:47 AM
Homosexuals In Military Three Times More Likely to Commit Sexual Assault Than Heterosexuals "Concerns about privacy when homosexuals share facilities like showers and sleeping quarters with heterosexuals are well grounded," he added. "The report found that the most common type of homosexual assault is one in which the offender fondles or performs oral sex upon a sleeping victim." "If open homosexuality is permitted in the military, these numbers will only increase," Sprigg warned. "The numbers of homosexuals in the military would grow, the threat of discharge for homosexual conduct would be eliminated, and protected class status for homosexuals would make victims hesitant to report assaults and make commanders hesitant to punish them."
- carlos, AK

11/27/2010 12:47:51 AM
Homosexuals In Military Three Times More Likely to Commit Sexual Assault Than Heterosexuals A review of the "case synopses" of all 1,643 reports of sexual assault reported by the four branches of the military for Fiscal Year 2009 (October 1, 2008 through September 30, 2009) found that over eight percent (8.2%) of all military sexual assault cases were homosexual in nature. Yet homosexual activist groups themselves have admitted that less than three percent of Americans (2.8% of men and 1.4% of women) are homosexual or bisexual. "Taken together, these figures suggest that homosexuals in the military are about three times more likely to commit sexual assaults than heterosexuals are," noted Sprigg.
- carlos, Alaska

11/27/2010 12:45:33 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Family Research Council today released an analysis of publicly available documents which shows that homosexuals in the military are three times more likely to commit sexual assaults than heterosexuals are, relative to their numbers. This problem would only increase if the current law against homosexuality in the military, enacted in 1993, were to be overturned, as President Obama and Democratic leaders in Congress are attempting to do this week. The FRC analysis, conducted by Senior Fellow for Policy Studies Peter Sprigg, was based on the Pentagon's own annual report on sexual assault in the military for Fiscal Year 2009, and on published decisions from military courts of appeals over the last decade and a half.
- carlos, Alska

11/8/2010 11:12:11 AM
"DON'T ASK DON'T Tell"-Your personal life is your business!"AWAYS PRACTICE SAFE SEX"What truly matters is what is in your heart,good or bad.Don't ask don't tell is just another form of racism.
- Joseph Cimino, N.Y

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