March 19, 2009
I was listening to Rachel Maddow and she had on a male soldier from a New York reserve unit discussing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy. I really wasn’t tuned in so I don’t know the whole context. His name was Lt Dan Choi and he sounded like he had a southern accent.
He said something to the effect:
With the next three words I am risking my job. And then he definitely said “I am gay.” And followed with, by saying that, I am violating Title X of the Military Code about ‘don’t ask don’t tell’. And then he said by not saying it he is violating the Military Code where he swore not to lie.
Again – I wasn’t actually tune into the conversation until his voice suddenly stopped, so I can’t vouch for exact quotes. I think her show is rebroadcast so I’ll update then – if the videotape isn’t edited.
So I looked up and could see his lips moving but no sound. Then they cut back to Maddow who said she wasn’t into conspiracies but found it strange that as soon as he said he was gay the sound cut out. Then she said she hoped somebody somewhere didn’t just pull the plug out of the wall and that she would have him back. I hope she explains at that future time why she waited till the end of the show when she only had a couple of minutes to talk to him – providing the opportunity for it to happen.
I’m not sure if this is what he was referring to.
Section 47 – Uniform Code of Military Justice, Subchapter X, Punative Articles
Sec. 925. Art. 125. Sodomy
(a) Any person subject to this chapter who engages in unnatural carnal copulation with another person of the same or opposite sex or with an animal is guilty of sodomy. Penetration, however slight, is sufficient to complete the offense.
(b) Any person found guilty of sodomy shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.
Notice it says either sex (or animal!). Why is it only applied to gays in the military? The military doesn’t even care about the women who are getting raped at twice the rate of the general population while they are putting their lives on the line for the beasts raping them.
(3-21) UPDATED: Mystery of “technical difficulties” go unsolved but Lt Dan Choi, founding member of Knights Out got to talk no problem. Imagine waiting all these years to come out and as soon as he does the sound cuts off. Video.