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SLDN responds to change to security clearances affecting gays

I recently blogged about the outrageous changes by the Bush administration to the guidelines regarding security clearances (NSA: homos are a security risk). The modifications, made by National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley, targets gays and lesbians for additional scrutiny as potential “security risks.”

What makes this ridiculous is that an AP story now reports, after the sh*t hit the fan, the admin trots out a National Security Council spokesperson to say…

“The minor language change did not and was not intended to alter the way sexual orientation is treated,” National Security Council spokesman Frederick Jones said Tuesday. “The U.S. government policy has not changed in any way.”

Jones said government lawyers made the changes for clarity.

The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) isn’t having any of it and called on the Bush administration to stop playing games.

“Lesbian, gay and bisexual Americans should not be considered a security risk simply because of their sexual orientation,” said SLDN director of law and policy Sharra E. Greer. “If the National Security Council did not intend to make a consequential change by altering existing language, why did it change the guidelines at all? President Bush renewed the 1995 executive order prohibiting discrimination immediately after taking office, and it was the right thing to do. Gay Americans play important roles in protecting our national security. Their sexual orientation does not impede their ability to keep us all safe. SLDN will closely monitor how the new guidelines are interpreted and work to ensure that sexual orientation is not used as a roadblock for security clearance approval. ”

Shakes Sis puts in her two cents.

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