Reports Reveal Lack of Objectivity from Gays-in-the-Military Panel

picture of Bob MaginnisLast week the Family Research Council released an excellent report on surveys conducted by the "Comprehensive Review Working Group" (CRWG), commissioned by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to assess the impact of the repeal of the law on gays in the military. 

Congress Should be Skeptical of Pentagon’s Biased and Incomplete Surveys on Homosexuality in the Military

The report's author, Robert Maginnis, Senior Fellow for National Security at Family Research Council (FRC), provides a comprehensive and definitive analysis showing that rather than objectively questioning the implications of repeal, "[t]he CRWG did what its political masters directed -- chart a path for repeal and figure out how to mitigate the inevitable consequences of that decision."

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MCC Submits List of Topics for Pentagon Gays-in-Military Working Group Report
In the weeks since the Senate refused to repeal the 1993 law regarding gays in the military on September 21 that is usually mislabeled “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” gay activist leaders have expressed the hope that a Pentagon Comprehensive Review Working Group set up in February to review the issue will issue a report favorable to repeal.  The CRWG, which is co-chaired by Defense Department General Counsel Jeh Johnson and Army General Carter Ham, is due to issue its report on December 1.
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MCC Leaders Request Investigation of Army General’s Remarks

Lt Gen Thomas BostickLeaders of the Military Culture Coalition (MCC) have requested a formal Inspector General investigation of an incident reported by the Washington Times, in which Army Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick allegedly made intemperate remarks criticizing and threatening to exclude servicemembers who support the current law regarding homosexuals in the military.

Elaine Donnelly, President of the Center for Military Readiness, and Frank Gaffney, President of the Center for Security Policy, submitted a formal request for the Army Inspector General to investigate the reported incident on October 13, 2010. On September 16, a Washington Times editorial reported that General Bostick made derogatory remarks against servicemembers while addressing 500 military personnel and civilians at an Army base in Stuttgart, Germany in August.

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Three Ways DoD is Slighting Troops who Support 1993 Law

 On August 15 the Defense Department concluded their massive survey of 400,000 military personnel, which did not meet the expectations of Congress for several reasons.  Most importantly, the survey did not ask the key question, “Do you favor retention or repeal of the law?”  Nor did it ask about the recommendations of gay activist groups promoting repeal of the 1993 law, such as mandatory training and education to ensure acceptance of the LGBT agenda, and career penalties to enforce “zero tolerance” against anyone who disagrees. 

Still, as I wrote in this article, the vehement attacks from the gay activist groups who didn’t want the Pentagon to “engage the force” at all have been stridently ridiculous:

The Pentagon’s selectivity problem does not center on the number of troops asked to fill out the survey—400,000 is an over-sized number.  The problem is that the Defense Department  is signaling that it has already has taken sides and is not interested in hearing from personnel who support the current law.  The plan has been to “engage” only some of the troops.  It is not surprising, therefore, that Stars & Stripes reported that only 27% of the 400,000 troops receiving surveys via email have answered them.

Orchestrated Focus Groups

This article describes the Pentagon’s quest for opinions from active-duty troops meeting in focus groups around the country: 

Once again, Secretary Gates’ “Comprehensive Review Working Group” (CRWG) is showing a peculiar obsession with polling homosexuals who are not even eligible to be in the military.  CMR has heard from several sources that the focus groups are not going well for advocates of repeal.  However, since the opinions of people who support the current law are not being sought or recorded, the results of these meetings will be whatever the DoD interprets them to be.  This comment, which followed the Stars & Stripes article, surely represents the views of thousands of active duty service members:

“Why exhaust scarce US tax dollars pretending and going through an elaborately orchestrated public motion cajoling the force?  [It is] actually rather insulting to solicit feedback from war weary troops in the field implying that our obviously derisory viewpoints on a major DoD organizational culture change could somehow count for something.  Marching in step to an unpopular party line is a military tradition, but being exploited so publicly to contribute so little to a final perfunctory PR ploy in this predetermined grand political pomp is a new low in US government politics.”

- Written by Spartacus Sam, 4 August 2010 17:17

The Family Survey --- Questions Not Asked

Now comes the Pentagon’s third effort, a survey of military family members being sent out this week. 

Again, the LGBT activist groups are furious that the survey is even taking place, even though it omits many questions that the DoD should have asked.  For example, the survey asks about social events with same-sex couples, but not about “Diversity Day” events to celebrate lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgenders in the military. 

The DoD survey question inquiring about the distribution of printed materials about homosexuality is less than serious.  But family members should have been asked about recommendations for mandatory LGBT instruction in military educations and training programs, and in DoD schools and child care centers run by the Department of Defense—the largest such systems in the world.   

The DoD survey of military families does not ask about “zero tolerance” policies that could end their spouse’s career; nor about retroactive admittance and promotions of homosexual personnel.   It asks about the number of times the spouse was deployed, but does not ask about the type of military unit or community he or she is in; i.e., infantry, Special Ops, submarines, combat service support, etc.  The connection between repeal and “family readiness” is very tenuous.  The DoD may be looking for narrow responses that will allow them to claim family members see “no problem.” 

As for opinions about controversial, problematic proposals that activist groups have recommended to implement repeal ─ we won’t get answers because the Pentagon did not ask. 

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DoD Survey Slights Troops who Support 1993 Law

By Elaine Donnelly

On August 15 the Defense Department concluded their massive survey of 400,000 military personnel, which did not meet the expectations of Congress for several reasons.  Most importantly, the survey did not ask the key question, “Do you favor retention or repeal of the law?”  Nor did it ask about the recommendations of gay activist groups promoting repeal of the 1993 law, such as mandatory training and education to ensure acceptance of the LGBT agenda, and career penalties to enforce “zero tolerance” against anyone who disagrees.

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DoD Survey
Defense Department “Working Group” Survey of Military Personnel

Politico has reported that the survey being conducted by the Pentagon’s “Comprehensive Review Working Group” (CRWG) has drawn heavy criticism from gay activists who don’t want the troops to be heard from at all:

DADT Survey Draws Fire

This article about the Department of Defense survey of the troops, posted on the new website Big Peace, analyzes the unjustified criticism of gay activists who object to any attempt to ask military personnel about their opinions on the issue of gays in the military:

Pentagon Survey Catches a Tiger by the Tail


There is reason for concern that regardless of what the survey “finds,” the message will be spun as a green-light for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) personnel in the military.  The poll does not meet the expectations of Congress since it does not ask the most important question of the troops: Do you think that Congress should repeal or retain the 1993 law? 

It appears that that question is missing because Pentagon officials associated with the Comprehensive Review Working Group (CRWG) have become accustomed to catering to LGBT groups.  Their constant assurances that every effort has been made to solicit in confidence the views of homosexuals, who are not even eligible for military service, betrays a certain bias.  This is especially so since personnel who support the current law are being told that their views are not even worthy of discussion.  No wonder Stars & Stripes is reporting that only 10% of the 400,000 troops receiving surveys via email have answered them: 

Few Troops Respond to Pentagon’s DADT Survey

If only 10% (40,000) have answered the DoD survey, does that mean that 360,000 troops are gay and afraid of being “outed?”  The Pentagon’s obsession with a minority of a minority makes no sense. 

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Active-Duty Troops Who Support Current Law are Not Being Heard

During a March 25 news conference announcing new regulations to weaken enforcement of the 1993 law, Defense Secretary Gates and Adm. Mullen publicly chastised an active-duty three-star officer, Lt. Gen. Benjamin Mixon, who had written a letter to the editor of Stars & Stripes advocating support for the 1993 law.  Gen. Mixon was accused of violating an Army directive regarding the ongoing Pentagon review, but there was nothing in the Army e-mailed message that precludes the letter that Gen. Mixon wrote. 

Mixon was also instructed that he should rely on the DoD Working Group Survey and other avenues of communication for the troops to express their views on the 1993 law.  But the DoD Survey does not even ask for opinions on whether the law should be retained or repealed.

Center for Security Policy President Frank Gaffney has analyzed the implications of the public dressing down of Lt. Gen. Benjamin Mixon: 
NewsMax: Obama’s Wrecking Ball Swings at Military
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