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Pentagon: we won't release docs about spying on homos

I think this reaction suggests that the Pentagon has something to hide, don’t you? (365gay):

The administration is refusing to turn over documents related to allegations that it spied on LGBT civil rights groups.

The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, which represents gays in the military, and other LGBT rights groups sought the documents under the Freedom of Information Act. They filed the request early this month and asked that the government respond within 20 days.

Last month media reports said that the Pentagon has been spying on “suspicious” meetings by civilian groups, including student groups opposed to the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell”.

Last year, Lisa Myers, Douglas Pasternak, Rich Gardella and the NBC Investigative Unit obtained a secret 400-page Defense Department document listing peace activists and monitoring people at Iraq war protests. SLDN contends that gay groups were spied on as well.

The FOIA request included a demand for “any and all documents” concerning meetings and communications within and between LGBT organizations, including SLDN. The filing included a request for “reports, video recordings, audio recording and photographs” obtained through Pentagon surveillance.

…The Department of Defense turned down the request saying that SLDN is not an organization primarily engaged in disseminating information to the public and that there is no imminent loss of substantial due process rights.

“I’m not surprised to learn that the government is attempting to stonewall our original FOIA request,” SLDN spokesperson Steve Ralls said on Monday.

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