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82nd Airborne paratroopers on gay porn site?

[UPDATE: I have located the web site and the owner; details at the end of the post.]

This is just too much. Good grief — with Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell; you’d think these NC men in uniform would think twice before dropping trou for a gay porn site. Of course you don’t have to be gay to appear on a porn site, so maybe that will be their defense. Unfortunately if they are engaging in any homo activity, that might be a tad hard to explain away when the Pentagon homo police come a callin’. (Durham Herald-Sun):

Army officials are investigating allegations that members of the celebrated 82nd Airborne Division appear on a gay pornography Web site, a spokeswoman said Friday.

Authorities at Fort Bragg have begun an inquiry into whether the paratroopers’ actions violated the military conduct code.

Division spokeswoman Maj. Amy Hannah declined to say how many paratroopers are involved or identify their unit within the division. A defense official speaking on condition of anonymity said up to seven soldiers are involved.

… The military-themed Web site does not appear to make any direct reference to the 82nd Airborne or Fort Bragg. The registered owner of the Web site’s domain name lists an address in Fayetteville, the city that adjoins Fort Bragg. E-mails to the registered owner were returned Friday as undeliverable, and the phone number listed on the domain-name registration is no longer in service.

…Martha Rudd, an Army spokeswoman at the Pentagon, said soldiers accused of homosexual activity might be removed from their units, although she did not have specific information about the investigation of the 82nd. When asked if the soldiers involved had been moved out of barracks, Hannah declined to comment.

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UPDATE: The web site in question is ActiveDuty.com. I did some sleuthing, and found more information to go on in a story on this by WRAL-TV (our local ABC affiliate).

The website shows men in sexual situations with other men., saying they’re “real military men.” The site displays dozens of pornographic pictures and has Fayetteville ties.

The site lists its custodian of records and producer as D. Ashe, and it gives an address along Cain Road. When WRAL went to the address, a young man said it was wrong place and he didn’t know anyone with the last name “Ashe.”

WRAL, unfortunately, didn’t dig very far. All I had to do was Google that info around and found that “D. Ashe” was connected to an operation called “Active Duty Productions.” I did a WHOIS for ActiveDuty.com and up popped all the info they needed.

The name of the web site is actually Dink Flamingo’s Active Duty. I didn’t bother going into the site, mind you. I’m just passing along the information.

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Jon at Perrspectives offers this spin:

Defense Department spokesman Todd Vician helpfully noted “we define homosexual conduct as homosexual acts or verbal or nonverbal communication that a member is homosexual.”

Conduct unbecoming to American soldiers, however, is just fine with Ari Fleischer and Scott McClellan. As you’ll recall, Jeff Gannon, the former male escort turned conservative mouthpiece for the right-wing Talon News, was a regular for two years at Bush White House press briefings. Gannon/Guckert left the press gallery only after he was exposed as a faux journalist; the Bush White House apparently had no issue with nude photos of Gannon that appeared on gay, military-themed web sites.

NOTE (2/1): I have an update post here.

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