Friday, July 28, 2006

55th Arabic Linguist Dismissed for Being Gay

Our country is completely insane. We're more afraid of the gays than the terrorists.

The U.S. Army recently discharged a highly regarded Arabic linguist who was the target of an anonymous email "outing" campaign. Former Sergeant Bleu Copas was stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C., and was a member of the prestigious 82nd Airborne Division. A decorated Sergeant who received impressive performance reviews, Copas also performed in the 82nd Airborne Chorus. His dismissal, under the federal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual personnel, brings the total number of Arabic language specialists dismissed under the ban to at least 55. Neither Copas nor his command know who was the source of the email campaign.

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Since 1993, more than 11,000 service members have been dismissed under the gay ban, according to the Department of Defense. A February 2005 report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported that the Pentagon has fired 322 language specialists who "had ... skills in a foreign language that DoD had considered to be especially important." The report also found that nearly 800 specialists, including intelligence analysts, divers and combat controllers, were fired despite having "some training in an occupation identified ... as 'critical.'" The House of Representatives is currently considering legislation to repeal the law, with 118 bi-partisan members supporting the measure.


Via Andrew Sullivan.

7 comments:

CyberKitten said...

Methink that someone has their priorities a teeny bit wrong there.....

Leigh-Ann said...

I'd like to think the email campaign was part of an insidious plot by Al Qaeda to rid the U.S. of its assets in the "war on terror", but nah... I'm sure it's just the work of another righteous moron who spends their day obsessing about gay sex.

asher said...

Good thing Clinton was the first to institute that great "don't ask, don't tell" policy in the military. I'm sure this man will do well in any Muslim armed forces so long as he tells them of his sexual proclivity.

Jewish Atheist said...

asher:

Deflect, deflect, deflect.

"It was Clinton's fault, and also we're not as bad as the Saudis!"

Yeah, it was Clinton's fault. (Although if he didn't have to compromise with the religious right, you can be sure he wouldn't have come up with DADT on his own.) And yeah, we're not as bad as "any Muslim armed forces."

What's that got to do with this? My point is that we're acting completely insane as a country. And you come back with, "Well, he started it" and "we're not as bad as those guys!"

asher said...

That's right..why can't we live in the Utopia you want?

Flippy said...

Letting trained linguists do their much needed jobs is considering living "in (a) Utopia"? Wow.

Kyaroko said...

I was so angry when I heard this.

I hope the CIA recruits this guy.