Pentagon labels gay kiss-in a 'credible threat'
You’ll recall my post last Wednesday about NBC obtaining parts of a secret Pentagon database of organizations and individuals that have shown up at anti-war gatherings and other events they deem “suspicious.” Now this unbelievable f*cking sh*t just came in my inbox from US Newswire about who else is in that database. Who knew homos and their supporters were threats to domestic security? (SLDN):
According to recent press reports, Pentagon officials have been spying on what they call “suspicious” meetings by civilian groups, including student groups opposed to the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual military personnel. The story, first reported by Lisa Myers and NBC News last week, noted that Pentagon investigators had records pertaining to April protests at the State University of New York at Albany and William Patterson College in New Jersey. A February protest at NYU was also listed, along with the law school’s LGBT advocacy group OUTlaw, which was classified as “possibly violent” by the Pentagon. A UC-Santa Cruz “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” protest, which included a gay kiss-in, was labeled as a “credible threat” of terrorism.
Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) condemned the Pentagon surveillance and monitoring. “The Pentagon is supposed to defend the Constitution, not turn it upside down,” said SLDN executive director C. Dixon Osburn. “Students have a first amendment right to protest and Americans have a right to expect that their government will respect our constitutional right to privacy. To suggest that a gay kiss-in is a ‘credible threat’ is absurd, homophobic and irrational. To suggest the Constitution does not apply to groups with views differing with Pentagon policy is chilling.”
The SLDN has announced that it will submit a Freedom of Information Act request to see whether it or other LGBT organizations are being monitored by the Pentagon.
Our Dear Leader’s Domestic Spying for Security InitiativeTM at work.
Also, Blender Holly just emailed that AmericaBlog is covering this as well.