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  • Released AWOL Soldier Bowe Bergdahl Idaho Homecoming Event Lines-Up List of Corporate Sponsors ...

    06/03/2014 7:50:31 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 59 replies
    BringBoweBack2014.com ^ | June 3, 2014 | Bowe Is Back 2014
    The following is a listing of corporate sponsors supporting the homecoming of the self-professed America hating Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl who was traded for five top Taliban terrorists by President Barack Hussein Obama ... From BringBoweBack2014.com website: Sponsors Thank you to all our sponsors. The City of Hailey The Hailey Police Department The Hailey Chamber of Commerce Luke’s pharmacy Wood River Motors Silver Creek Ford Sun Valley Aminal Center Wayne Willich and Friends Brennans Carpet Hailey Auto Exchange Candace Ireland Insurance The Snow Bunny Tim Jeneson Insurance Valley Paint & Floor Mountain Lifestyles Property Services, Inc. Wood River Insurance Copy And...
  • Flashback: A reminder about Bowe Bergdahl’s desertion problem

    06/01/2014 10:49:09 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 23 replies
    Michellemalkin.com ^ | May 31, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    Flashback: A reminder about Bowe Bergdahl’s desertion problem By Michelle Malkin • May 31, 2014 08:51 PM While many people jumped aboard the Bowe Bergdahl bandwagon, I was not one of them. His release today in exchange for five Taliban commanders who had been in custody at Gitmo underscores troubling questions that have persisted since his alleged abduction. Longtime readers will recall questions raised here about the circumstances of Bergdahl’s disappearance. Here’s a flashback from my July 20, 2009 blog post:
  • General’s court-martial could shape the future of military justice system

    03/03/2014 5:09:32 PM PST · by markomalley · 33 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 3/3/2014 | Craig Whitlock
    A sordid account involving illicit sex in uniform will be aired this week in an austere courtroom at Fort Bragg, N.C., and the results could tip the scales in a high-stakes debate in Congress over the future of the military justice system. The defendant, Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair, is accused of carrying on a long affair with a junior officer and sexually assaulting her on two occasions, among other crimes. He is only the third Army general to face court-martial in more than a half-century. But after two years of investigation and preparation, the prosecution is in disarray. The...
  • A Tale Of Two 'Diverse' American Flag Incidents: “IDGAF,” v. “The Least I Could Do Was Pick It Up”

    03/02/2014 4:35:30 AM PST · by IChing · 24 replies
    ClashDaily.com ^ | 2/28/14 | Donald Joy
    During my time on active duty in the U.S. Air Force, I was all too familiar with the occasional sight of certain less than honorable personnel hustling to get to their cars at 1700 hours, just as The Star Spangled Banner started playing over the base public address system, and the flag-lowering ceremony of “Retreat” got underway. You see, during Retreat, all activity is supposed to stop. All personnel who are outdoors are supposed to halt in their tracks, stand at attention, and turn and face the flag (or simply face the direction of the source of music if they...
  • Marine Corps retreats on court-martial charges in Taliban urination case

    09/07/2013 12:37:43 PM PDT · by driftdiver · 40 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 9/7/2013 | By Rowan Scarborough
    The Marine Corps has suddenly dropped criminal charges against an officer in the infamous Taliban urination video case, heading off what promised to be an embarrassing pre-trial hearing for the commandant on Wednesday. Defense attorneys for Capt. James V. Clement had won a judge’s order, over objections from Marine prosecutors, for two staff attorneys to testify in open court about how senior commanders had interfered in the case to get a guilty verdict.
  • ‘TREASON’ OR ‘FREE SPEECH?’ – ARE THESE ANTI-SYRIA STRIKE PICTURES FROM U.S. MILITARY MEMBERS OKAY?

    09/02/2013 6:23:18 PM PDT · by Sopater · 68 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Sep. 2, 2013 | Mike Opelka
    Since the U.S. has started serious discussions about taking military action against Syria, many have publicly spoken out against a possible military strike. And now it appears that some of our uniformed service personnel have come forward to express their disagreement with an attack, any attack on Syria. More than 2,000 people have “liked” this image that was posted on Sunday. There were also photos posted from people wearing the uniforms of the Marines, Navy and Air Force. These have also received Facebook “likes” in the thousands. [snip] Is this kind of behavior allowed? Well, there are rules concerning what...
  • Political Correctness Pushes Military Justice In Wrong Direction

    08/21/2013 4:40:09 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Investors.com ^ | August 21, 2013 | Editorial
    The Law: Based on recent decisions, military justice isn't what it should be. In several cases, judges have made what seem to be major errors, swayed perhaps by outside pressures. Have military courts been politicized, too? The military justice system has a near-impossible job. It must not only dispense justice under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, but it often must do so with outside civilian interference. But recent events suggest that military justice is going off the rails — in large part due to the influence of politically correct thinking from civilian politics. Take the case of Army Maj....
  • Hagel aims to curb unlawful influence arguments in trials

    08/17/2013 12:33:21 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | August 14, 2013 | Erik Slaven
    PDF link at source for Hagel memorandum.Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is pressing military juries and others involved in military criminal proceedings to exercise their own judgment based on facts, a message that comes as claims of unlawful command influence by senior officials are being made in some sexual assault trials. Comments by President Barack Obama, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, Marine Commandant Gen. James Amos and others have been cited for the appearance of improperly influencing military jurors and command authorities, who some argue may interpret “get-tough” comments on sexual assault as directives. “Central to military justice is the...
  • U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan using Craigslist to have sex with each other on base

    07/30/2013 1:43:10 PM PDT · by Irenic · 158 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 30 July 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    U.S. soldiers deployed to Afghanistan are using Craigslist to meet and have sex with each other on bases across the war-torn country, leading to concerns about a breakdown in discipline overseas. Military commanders have forbade any service members who are not married to each other from having sex while deployed to the combat zone. As a result, each of the covert meetings is a violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. The vast majority of the posts on Craigslist involve male soldiers seeking sex with other men - a practice that could have resulted in the discharge of both...
  • President Obama makes U.S. Marine break military rules by holding an umbrella while in uniform...

    05/16/2013 6:22:13 PM PDT · by tellw · 77 replies
    Daily Mail - UK ^ | 16 May 2013 | David Martosko
    Even though he is the commander in chief, there are some orders that even President Obama cannot give - as he found out today, much to the mirth of a put-upon U.S. Marine. Hosting Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the Rose Garden today, the president requested a standing Marine to open an umbrella and protect his head from the light rain that was falling. However, according to Marine Corps regulations, not even the President of the United States can request a serving officer to carry an umbrella without the express permission of the Commandant of the Marine Corps....
  • Breaking: Pentagon Confirms May Court Martial Soldiers Who Share Christian Faith

    05/01/2013 9:27:40 AM PDT · by Nachum · 474 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/1/13
    The Pentagon has released a statement confirming that soldiers could be prosecuted for promoting their faith: "Religious proselytization is not permitted within the Department of Defense...Court martials and non-judicial punishments are decided on a case-by-case basis...”. The statement, released to Fox News, follows a Breitbart News report on Obama administration Pentagon appointees meeting with anti-Christian extremist Mikey Weinstein to develop court-martial procedures to punish Christians in the military who express or share their faith. (From our earlier report: Weinstein is the head of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, and says Christians--including chaplains--sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ in the military...
  • ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ dischargees to receive full back pay from DOD

    01/07/2013 6:34:16 PM PST · by Nachum · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/7/12 | Carlo Muñoz
    In a landmark settlement, the Pentagon has agreed to give full back pay to U.S. service members who were discharged due to their sexual orientation under the military's “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. The payouts will be granted to service members dismissed from the military under the now-repealed policy on or after November 2004. “This means so much to those of us who dedicated ourselves to the military, only to be forced out against our will for being who we are,” former Air Force Staff Sgt. Richard Collins said in a statement from the American Civil Liberties Union, which brought...
  • Petraeus Affair: Military Can Prosecute Adulterers

    11/12/2012 10:34:28 AM PST · by the_Watchman · 77 replies
    Yahoo! NEWS - ABC OTUS News ^ | Nov 12, 2012 | MARTHA RADDATZ
    Retired Gen. David Petraeus, who resigned as CIA director last week after admitting an extramarital relationship, could possibly face military prosecution for adultery if officials turn up any evidence to counter his apparent claims that the affair began after he left the military...
  • 2 Marines to be court-martialed over video showing troops urinating on corpses

    09/24/2012 1:14:09 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 21 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 9/24/12 | ap
    Two U.S. Marines were referred to trial by court martial over their alleged involvement in a video showing troops urinating on dead Taliban fighters and posing for pictures with casualties.
  • Sen. Inhofe: Obama Forced Military to allow uniformed troops in Gay Pride Parade.

    07/26/2012 8:56:54 AM PDT · by cblue55 · 25 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 7/26/12 | Melissa Quinn
    Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Inhofe told The Daily Caller he believes President Barack Obama pressured the military into granting an unprecedented exception to rules that prohibit participation in political activities while in uniform. The Defense Department authorized a waiver to allow uniformed service members to march in last weekend’s San Diego gay pride parade, overriding a Defense Department directive‘s specific rules against uniformed service members’ participation in political events. Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/07/25/sen-inhofe-obama-forced-military-to-abandon-apolitical-stance/#ixzz21kEIrMCM
  • SSG Bales scheduled for Article 32 Hearing in September

    07/14/2012 7:53:57 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 21 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | July 14th, 2012 | Jim Emerson
    Staff Sargent Robert Bales was charged with 16 counts of premeditated murder of Afghanistan civilians. SSG Bales will attend an Article 32 hearing scheduled for 17 September at an undisclosed location. SGT Bales will be accompanied by his defense team and the hearing will be also attended by the Army prosecution team and the investigating officer. This hearing will formally announce a decision for a trial based upon the investigating offer’s recommendations of the sufficiency of the charges against SSG Bales warrants a court-martial. Article 32 An Article 32 hearing is required by the United States Uniform Code of Military...
  • What happens after Korans are burned in Afghanistan?

    02/29/2012 3:10:29 PM PST · by DanMiller · 3 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | February 29, 2012 | Dan Miller
    Who did it, why and under what circumstances? What should and should not be done? The military justice system demands justice for our troops. It does not permit revenge upon them to curry favor with others, even our enemies. The burning of an unstated number of Korans in Afghanistan and the aftermath have been much in the news. However, little has been reported factually about who did what, who if anyone told them to do it and/or why. It has not even been reported, beyond speculation, whether the Koran Burners were members of the United States military, some other military...
  • Sex with animals still not OK in U.S. military

    02/26/2012 10:01:56 PM PST · by Rabin · 25 replies · 3+ views
    stars & stripes ^ | December 8, 2011 | Leo Shane III
    (UCMJ), Article 125: any service member who “engages in unnatural carnal copulation with another person of the same sex or opposite sex or with an animal is guilty of sodomy. Offenders face court-martial for any violations. Pentagon officials say the deletion of (The section covering carnal copulation with cats and rats and elephants), Article 125, bestiality is a legal technicality and does not represent any fundamental change in the military’s moral code for service members (and service animals). (WND), Les Kinsolving, asked (Quisling), Jay Carney: “Does the commander in chief approve or disapprove of bestiality in our armed forces?” Carney...
  • "Maybe War Should Be on Trial": SSgt Wuterich Court Martial, Day Six

    01/13/2012 6:11:50 AM PST · by RedRover · 44 replies
    Defend Our Marines ^ | January 12, 2012 | Nathaniel R. Helms
    Camp Pendleton, Calif. – Former Marine sergeant Hector Salinas didn’t mince words when he told a prosecutor Thursday he should have called in airstrikes on a pair of houses in Haditha, Iraq where fourteen men, women and children were cowering in their homes after a huge bomb exploded outside their front doors. “Rounds were impacting on the fourth vehicle. I went back to render aid to my Marines that were wounded. There was destruction everywhere. There was a fog, a haze. When the smoke was clearing out I could see an object. It was LCpl Crossan. He was missing a...
  • Soldier in Uniform Campaigns on National TV for GOP Presidential Candidate Rep. Ron Paul

    01/03/2012 8:40:52 PM PST · by kristinn · 80 replies
    Tuesday, January 3, 2012 | Kristinn
    A serviceman identified as U.S. Army Corporal Jesse Thorsen campaigned in uniform tonight for Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) at Paul's Iowa presidential campaign headquarters.Thorsen was called on stage by Paul to address the crowd during Paul's speech marking his third place finish in the Iowa caucuses. Thorsen endorsed Paul on stage while in uniform.Earlier in the evening, Thorsen did a live interview in uniform with CNN's Dana Bash. The interview was cut short as the feed froze. However, in the brief time on air, Thorsen spoke of his support for Paul and gave his opinion on U.S. military policy and...
  • PETA knocks W.H. over bestiality

    12/06/2011 2:37:33 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 17 replies · 1+ views
    PETA knocks W.H. over bestiality By BYRON TAU | 12/06/11 5:04 PM The White House press corps may have giggled – but one animal rights group thinks bestiality is no laughing matter. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) sent a letter objecting to the White House press secretary Jay Carney’s unserious treatment of a question about sex with animals in Monday’s briefing. “In watching last night's news briefing, we were upset to note that you flippantly addressed the recently approved repeal of the military ban on bestiality,” the group wrote in the letter to Carney. “With respect, this...
  • Senate Approves Bill that Legalizes Sodomy and Bestiality in U.S. Military

    12/02/2011 1:53:39 PM PST · by IbJensen · 73 replies
    CNS News ^ | 1 December 2011 | Pete Winn
    CNSNews.com) – (Updated) The Senate on Thursday evening voted 93-7 to approve a defense authorization bill that includes a provision which not only repeals the military law on sodomy, it also repeals the military ban on sex with animals--or bestiality. On Nov. 15, the Senate Armed Services Committee had unanimously approved S. 1867, the National Defense Authorization Act, which includes a provision to repeal Article 125 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). Article 125 of the UCMJ makes it illegal to engage in both sodomy with humans and sex with animals. It states: "(a) Any person subject to...
  • Navy Cmdr Gets Prison in Rape of Female Sailors

    11/30/2011 3:40:46 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 42 replies
    Military.com ^ | October 29, 2011 | Staff
    A Navy ship commander pleaded guilty Friday to sexual assault and rape of two female sailors, and a military judge ordered his dismissal and sentenced him to more than three years in prison.
  • Marines charged with hazing that led to lance corporal's suicide

    08/25/2011 4:11:20 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 96 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 25, 2011 | by Tony Perry
    Three enlisted Marines have been criminally charged with mistreating a fellow Marine from California in the hours before he committed suicide in Afghanistan, the Marine Corps announced Thursday. The three are accused, among other things, of "wrongfully abusing, humiliating and demeaning" Lance Cpl. Harry Lew of Santa Clara in Northern California. His aunt is Rep. Judy Chu (D-Monterey Park). Lew, 21, killed himself with his machine gun April 3 while assigned to stand guard in the Helmand province of Afghanistan. Two lance corporals were reportedly angry at Lew for repeatedly falling asleep while on guard duty. Failing asleep on guard...
  • What happens when the CinC issues an unlawful order?

    03/28/2011 7:18:32 PM PDT · by sarasmom · 26 replies
    self | 032811 | sarasmom
    When there exists a situation where the specific directives of the UCMJ, and an elected CINCs orders are in direct conflict, which directive order is primary?
  • HIV exposure case lands airman in prison

    01/26/2011 5:00:27 PM PST · by csvset · 17 replies
    The Wichita Eagle ^ | ROXANA HEGEMAN
    A disgraced Air Force sergeant will spend up to eight years in prison for exposing multiple sex partners to HIV at swinger parties in a sentence that the prosecution hopes will send the message that the military values the integrity of its service members. A court martial judge on Wednesday also ordered Tech Sgt. David Gutierrez to be dishonorably discharged and reduced him to the lowest enlistment rank while he serves out his military confinement. The judge, Lt. Col William Muldoon, found him guilty earlier in the day on seven of eight counts of aggravated assault and of violating his...
  • How to Fix Repeal of DADT: A new Commander in Chief (Simple as that)

    12/19/2010 12:59:21 PM PST · by Brices Crossroads · 119 replies · 3+ views
    12/17/2010 | Brices Crossroads
    I know many of us are demoralized over Congress' decision yesterday to repeal the so-called "Don't Ask, Don't tell" policy which prohibits homosexuals from serving the Armed Forces of the United States. I am particularly saddened to read the comments of those who have children in the Armed Forces now. I claim no particular expertise in matters military, but decided to do a little research and actually read the statutes in question, both the repeal itself, which is short and the DADT statute from 1994, 10 U.S.C. 654, which is short as well. Let's start with the DADT statute itself,...
  • GOProud Praises Senate Vote on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal

    12/19/2010 7:24:35 AM PST · by DesertRenegade · 17 replies
    GOProud ^ | December 18, 2010 | GOProud
    Today, the United States Senate, by a vote of 63 to 33, voted to move forward on repeal of the failed Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy barring openly gay service in the military. “This vote reflects the overwhelming view of our military leaders and the American people,” said Christopher R. Barron, Chairman of the Board of GOProud, the only national organization representing gay conservatives and their allies. “By every objective standard – the Pentagon Working Group, the recommendations of our military leadership and the experience of our allies – repeal of this failed policy is in the best interest of...
  • Support Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos in light of calls for his resignation

    12/17/2010 4:46:50 PM PST · by Crush · 19 replies · 1+ views
    The Victory Institute ^ | 17 December 2010
    Regardless how you feel about the potential repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," an open and honest debate on the matter is essential, considering the possible effects on our military members' ability to perform their duty. As the Commandant of the Marine Corps has been outspoken in his opposition to the law's repeal, efforts are underway to call for Gen. James Amos to resign, simply for conveying the concerns of his Marines (2 out of 3 combat arms Marines felt the repeal would have a negative effect).Gen. Amos is a 38-year veteran who has served with honor, and his dedication...
  • Jury Convicts Army 'Birther' Who Refused Deployment to Afghanistan

    12/15/2010 12:54:18 PM PST · by OldDeckHand · 479 replies · 5+ views
    FoxNews.com ^ | 12/15/2010 | Staff
    A military jury has convicted an Army doctor who disobeyed orders to deploy to Afghanistan because he questions President Obama's eligibility for office.
  • Terry Lakin’s Day of Injustice and Ray of Hope

    12/14/2010 4:58:55 AM PST · by scottfactor · 9 replies
    scottfactor.com ^ | 12/14/2010 | Gina Miller
    Today is the day a terrible injustice will likely be done to one of our finest Americans. Today begins the court martial of Lieutenant Colonel Dr. Terry Lakin, a highly decorated Army doctor and flight surgeon, who, after repeatedly attempting to no avail to verify that Barack Obama is actually a legal commander-in-chief of the United States Armed Forces, decided to invite his own court martial, as he put it, and refused orders to deploy for a second time to Afghanistan. Last March, WorldNetDaily quoted Dr. Lakin as saying, "The Constitution matters. The truth matters."For the first time in all...
  • Judicial assault on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'--Activist judge decides to reorder the military

    09/10/2010 4:29:25 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 10, 2010 | Editorial
    Another federal judge has decided to impose her personal views on the nation's laws so that they will favor homosexual conduct. On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Virginia A. Phillips declared unconstitutional the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law that prohibits homosexuals from serving openly in the military. Not that it is any of her business. Judge Phillips' finding arose from a suit filed by the Log Cabin Republicans against the Clinton-era law. This Clinton-era judge invoked a "heightened scrutiny" test, which allowed her not only to analyze the direct effects of the law on homosexuals in uniform, but also to expostulate...
  • Ex-Walter Reed CSM accused of faking his record

    07/26/2010 1:37:18 PM PDT · by pabianice · 15 replies · 2+ views
    Army Times | 7/26/10
    Link Only An astonishing history of lies.
  • Risky moves in the military; Dumping 'don't ask, don't tell' could create schism

    06/01/2010 11:18:37 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 27 replies · 804+ views
    http://www.washingtontimes.com ^ | May 2010 | By Gen. Frederick J. Kroesen
    I am a retired soldier. My service began in 1942 and ended in 1983. I am one of the several hundred generals and admirals who signed a letter to the president asking that he not change the law concerning the military service of homosexual persons or the policy that spawned the "don't ask, don't tell" expression associated with the law. I believe the number of signers of the letter could be doubled or trebled quite easily. Those who organized the effort solicited only the three- and four-star retirees whose current addresses were known. The few one- and two-stars who signed...
  • LTC Lakin Formally Charged (Violation of UCMJ Articles 87 & 92)

    04/22/2010 2:54:33 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 489 replies · 6,096+ views
    Lieutenant Colonel Terrence L. Lakin was charged today with four violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) under Articles 87 and 92. (Chargesheet at the link in PDF format.)
  • Free All The SEALs From Travesty

    04/22/2010 4:39:06 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies · 452+ views
    Investors.com ^ | April 22, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    <p>Military Justice: The first of three Navy SEALs charged with abusing a captured jihadist has been cleared. Why has this administration taken the word of terrorists and let American heroes twist in the wind?</p> <p>The acquittal of Petty Officer 1st Class Julio Huertas, 29, of Blue Island, Ill., by a six-member U.S. military jury in Baghdad on Thursday is good news and the correct verdict.</p>
  • Pentagon faces hurdles in 'don't ask, don't tell' study

    04/02/2010 12:29:21 PM PDT · by DesertRenegade · 12 replies · 418+ views
    CNN ^ | April 2, 2010 | Mike Mount
    As the Pentagon tries to move forward with studying the effects of repealing the ban on openly gay troops serving in the military, Defense Secretary Robert Gates is finding hurdles at almost every corner. As part of that study, Gates asked for the opinions of gay troops. However under the current "don't ask, don't tell" law, gay troops cannot reveal their sexual orientation, and the law prevents the military from asking about it. Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said that a third party will have to be brought in to poll homosexual troops about their thoughts on repealing the ban to...
  • Army: Gays will be discharged if they speak up

    04/02/2010 6:39:44 AM PDT · by DesertRenegade · 12 replies · 392+ views
    Fox News ^ | April 2, 2010 | Fox News
    Army Secretary John McHugh is backtracking on his promise not to discharge troops who tell him that they are gay. McHugh said in a statement released Thursday that he was "incorrect" when he had said there would be a moratorium on dismissals while the Pentagon conducts a yearlong review on its "don't ask, don't tell" policy. Earlier this week, McHugh had said he wouldn't punish troops who admitted they were gay in private conversations with him, even though they technically violated the law.
  • Army Secretary Says He's Met With Gay Soldiers

    03/31/2010 12:45:53 PM PDT · by DesertRenegade · 32 replies · 940+ views
    AOL News ^ | March 31, 2010 | Sharon Weinberger
    Treading into the murky area of the post-"don't ask, don't tell" era, the Army's senior civilian leader told reporters today that he has met with soldiers who revealed that they were gay. Such a declaration, at least in theory, could be grounds for the service members to be discharged from the military. Asked at a breakfast meeting with reporters in Washington whether he had met with gay members of the military to solicit their views on the changes to the law that bans them from openly serving, Army Secretary John McHugh, a former Republican congressman from New York, said, "I...
  • FRC Criticizes Looser Enforcement of Law on Homosexuality in the Military

    03/25/2010 12:50:29 PM PDT · by DesertRenegade · 11 replies · 346+ views
    PR Newswire ^ | 25 March 2010 | FRC
    Today Defense Secretary Robert Gates outlined new guidelines for the enforcement of the law preventing open homosexuality in the military. Secretary Gates raised the level of officer authorized to initiate an investigation to carry out fact-finding, and to make a decision to separate a military service member for homosexuality. He also raised the standard of what would constitute "credible information" to begin an inquiry or separation proceeding, and excluded certain confidential information from being used to initiate the discharge of homosexuals from the military. Family Research Council President Tony Perkins made the following comments: "These new guidelines undermine enforcement of...
  • Lesbian sgt. discharged after police tell military

    03/13/2010 4:24:21 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 60 replies · 1,510+ views
    hosted. ^ | Mar 13
    Jene Newsome played by the rules as an Air Force sergeant: She never told anyone in the military she was a lesbian. The 28-year-old's honorable discharge under the "don't ask, don't tell" policy came only after police officers in Rapid City, S.D., saw an Iowa marriage certificate in her home and told the nearby Ellsworth Air Force Base. Newsome and the American Civil Liberties Union filed a complaint against the western South Dakota police department, claiming the officers violated her privacy when they informed the military about her sexual orientation. The case also highlights concerns over the ability of third...
  • Eric Massa Story Gets Uglier: "Unwanted Advances" in Navy

    03/10/2010 2:01:46 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 73 replies · 2,216+ views
    Eric Massa Story Gets Uglier: "Unwanted Advances" in Navy Posted by Brian Montopoli The strange story of recently-resigned House Democrat Eric Massa has gone from bad to worse: The Atlantic's Josh Green reports that Massa was "notorious for making unwanted advances toward subordinates" during his 20-year Naval career. One former shipmate tells Green that Massa offered subordinates "Massa Massages." Another said a drunken Massa, his senior officer, groped him while he was sleeping. Green's piece also includes a story in which Massa's roommate was subject to inappropriate behavior. "When you're on ship, you're almost exhausted 24-7," Peter Clarke is quoted...
  • S.O.S. — Save Our (Navy) Seals

    03/05/2010 4:50:02 PM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies · 852+ views
    Investors.com ^ | March 5, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Military: Two U.S. congressmen take the lead in proclaiming the obvious — that those who attack this country should be punished and not those who risk their lives to defend it. The Navy SEALs are a special breed of patriot and warrior. This highly trained and select group — the best of the best — is a daily participant in the long twilight struggle against the enemies of freedom that President Kennedy warned us about. Kennedy formally created the SEAL (sea, air, land) outfit as an elite force capable of combat operations in any environment. It was a team of...
  • Obama Wants to Rescind "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Military Policy: Members Of Military Do Not Agree

    02/05/2010 11:55:40 AM PST · by Daniel T. Zanoza · 19 replies · 421+ views
    Illinois Family Institute ^ | February 5, 2010 | Daniel T. Zanoza
    In December of 1992, even before he began his first term as President, Bill Clinton announced a controversial policy related to the service of homosexuals in the military called, "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT). At the time, the Clinton administration was seriously lobbying Congress to change federal law which prevented openly homosexual individuals from serving in the United States Armed Forces. Clinton's plan was met by furious criticism from political conservatives as well as military members who said such tampering with federal law and the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) would negatively impact the nation's ability to defend itself....
  • Issue of gays in military still splits the ranks

    02/03/2010 11:31:05 AM PST · by DesertRenegade · 19 replies · 545+ views
    Mercury News ^ | Feb 3, 2010 | Russ Bynum
    Don't ask, don't tell? Ask those who've fought in Iraq or Afghanistan about the Pentagon's move to consider letting gays serve openly, and it's clear that the ranks are still split. The Army's official Facebook site has been swamped with hundreds of comments, pro and con, since Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Senate committee Tuesday that it's wrong to require gays to "lie about who they are" to defend their country. It's unclear which people posting on the site are currently serving, veterans or nonmilitary. While active-duty troops are cautious about commenting because...
  • Polls show service members oppose gays in military

    02/01/2010 11:50:01 AM PST · by DesertRenegade · 34 replies · 934+ views
    The DC ^ | Feb 1, 2010 | Gautham Nagesh
    On Tuesday Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Michael Mullen will appear before the Senate Armed Services Committee to discuss repealing the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy and changing the law that prevents gay people from serving openly in the military. But polls show a majority of service members are still against allowing gays to serve openly. Originally passed in 1993 under President Clinton, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell has been the target of much criticism; in his State of the Union on Wednesday President Obama repeated his campaign promise to work with Congress to repeal it....
  • Obama's call to repeal "don't ask" draws questions

    01/27/2010 10:03:09 PM PST · by DesertRenegade · 19 replies · 777+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Jan 28 2010 | Julian E. Barnes
    President Obama said he wants action this year to abolish policies that prohibit gays from openly serving in the military, for the first time establishing a timetable for one of his long-held goals. Obama called for repeal of the 1993 "don't ask, don't tell" law near the end of his State of the Union speech, addressing the issue in a single, passing mention, but rekindling the debate between supporters and opponents of the move. "This year, I will work with Congress and our military to finally repeal the law that denies gay Americans the right to serve the country they...
  • General Cites Reasons for Pregnancy Provision in Iraq

    12/22/2009 5:50:22 PM PST · by SandRat · 11 replies · 607+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden, USA
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 22, 2009 – An Army general in Iraq is going beyond the typical protocol to ensure every able-bodied soldier in his unit stays fit to fight, even if it means punishing troops for engaging in sexual activities while deployed. Through the Multinational Division North command’s General Order No. 1, Maj. Gen. Anthony A. Cucolo III formally prohibits deployed soldiers under his command from becoming pregnant or impregnating a soldier. Defense Department regulations call for any servicemember who becomes pregnant in a combat theater or learns she’s pregnant after deploying to a combat theater to immediately redeploy to their...
  • Pregnancy Equals Prison for US Troops in Iraq

    12/22/2009 2:21:55 PM PST · by BobMcCartyWrites · 27 replies · 857+ views
    Bob McCarty Writes ^ | 12/22/09 | Bob McCarty
    Early last month, Army Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo (left) issued General Order #1 as a means of informing those assigned to his Multi-National Division North (a.k.a., "Task Force Marne") that becoming pregnant -- or assisting in the effort -- is one of several types of conduct deemed "prejudicial to the maintenance of good order and discipline" among members of the 22,000-strong task force headquartered in Tikrit, Iraq. In fact, it ranks alongside alcohol, drugs, guns and similar vices on the general's list of prohibited activities.
  • 40 Congressmen Call on Special Ops Commander to Dismiss Case Brought Against Navy SEALs...

    12/14/2009 7:29:11 PM PST · by 444Flyer · 125 replies · 4,897+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | 12-14-09 | Fred Lucas
    Forty members of Congress are calling on the military commander who ordered the court martial of three Navy SEALs over the alleged punching of a terrorist to dismiss the charges. The letter, circulated by Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.), was sent Thursday to Army Major Gen. Charles T. Cleveland, commander of Special Operation Command Central. Gen. Cleveland ordered the prosecution of the three SEALs. “In our opinion, prosecutorial discretion should have been exercised,” the 40 congressmen said. “Failing that, we respectfully and strongly urge you to exercise your leadership authority, stop the impending court martial and exonerate these men.” Earlier, 33...