Lawsuit Filed over Deception of Pentagon DADT Data
The Thomas More Law Center has filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Center for Military Readiness:
The purpose of the lawsuit is to obtain records believed to show intentional deception by the Pentagon to gain congressional support for repeal of the 1993 law regarding open homosexual conduct in the military, usually called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
The TMLC alleges the Pentagon has
engaged in a pattern of deception in its efforts to persuade Congress to allow open homosexuality in our military.
The lawsuit centers around the premise the Pentagon leaked information to the Washington Post in 2010 to sway public opinion and Congress — and that the information itself was intentionally misleading.
The basic premise is the numbers of the survey were presented in a way to support an agenda. The staff writer at Military.com apparently didn’t read the survey, when he said
It’s not clear from the survey which response led to the “nearly 60 percent” figure.
It’s not that difficult, actually, as has even been presented here, if one takes the time to look at the survey. For example:
“When asked about how having a Service member in their immediate unit who said he or she is gay would affect the unit’s ability to “work together to get the job done,” 70% of Service members predicted it would have a positive, mixed, or no effect.
However, using precisely the same numbers, one could also say
When asked about how having a Service member in their immediate unit who said he or she is gay would affect the unit’s ability to “work together to get the job done,” 62% of Service members predicted it would have a negative or mixed effect.”
It’s all in how you frame the numbers — which is exactly the TMLC’s point.
The lawsuit was filed because the Navy has reportedly failed to provide the documents requested by FOIA.
The TMLC also notes the public admonition of General Benjamin Mixon put “constraints” on those who would publicly and “honestly express their opinion” in opposition to the open acceptance of homosexuality.
The TMLC President and Chief Counsel, Richard Thompson, said
Ever since the beginning of the Continental Army of 1775, homosexuality in the military has been prohibited. President Obama changed all that at the expense of our future national security merely to curry favor with his radical homosexual supporters, and Congress went along with him.
The purpose of our Armed Forces is to win on the field of battle. This new law will eventually have a devastating impact on unit cohesion and the fighting effectiveness of our combat branches. That’s why we must undo this ill- conceived law, and the first step is to discover what went on behind the scenes.
With reference to ArmyChaplaincy.com.