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More gay Arab linguists booted under DADT

The Army Times has a piece up on the latest nail in the coffin of Bush’s military — they are still booting out highly trained specialists that you’d think are critical to fighting Dear Leader’s Global War on Terror — Arabic linguists who happen to be gay.

Lawmakers who say the military has kicked out 58 Arabic linguists because they were gay want the Pentagon to explain how it can afford to let the valuable language specialists go.

Seizing on the latest discharges, involving three specialists, members of the House of Representatives wrote the House Armed Services Committee chairman that the continued loss of such “capable, highly skilled Arabic linguists continues to compromise our national security during time of war.”

The situation is so desperate that one sailor who was discharged was begged by his superior to deny the homosexuality in writing. The problem is that would hang this young man out to dry because he has been out since day one.

One sailor discharged in the latest incident, former Petty Officer 2nd Class Stephen Benjamin, said his supervisor tried to keep him on the job, urging him to sign a statement denying that he was gay. He said his lawyer advised him not to sign it, because it could be used against him later if other evidence ever surfaced.

…”I’d always been out since the day I started working there,” Benjamin said. “We had conversations about being gay in the military and what it was like. There were no issues with unit cohesion. I never caused divisiveness or ever experienced slurs.”

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