• November 26, 2002 | The San Francisco Chronicle
    After the media reported earlier this month that the military fired a number of Arabic language specialists, including six at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, for being gay, only a few experts came to the Pentagon's defense.

    Charles Moskos, the Northwestern University professor who co-authored the "don't ask,...
  • November 20, 2002 | Washington Post

    The Pentagon's recent purge of seven Arabic-language specialists -- people working in a field vital to the war on terrorism -- provides dramatic evidence that the country's policy on gays in the military urgently needs review.

    All seven language specialists were released because they are gay. The question that needs to be...

  • November 18, 2002 | The New Republic

    On October 25, one week after CIA Director George Tenet warned that the United States now faces a terrorist threat every bit as grave as it did the summer before the September 11 attacks, the Council on Foreign Relations issued the most sobering report to date: "America remains dangerously unprepared to prevent and respond to a...

  • November 16, 2002 | Los Angeles Times


    It was a close call, but the nation can breathe another sigh of relief.

    The threat has been extinguished.

    Nine soldiers who attended a training center in Monterey, including at least six who speak Arabic, have been discharged by Army storm troopers.

    Suspected spies? No.

  • November 12, 2002 | Emory Wheel

    Alastair Gamble ('00C) said he found out firsthand this year that the military's desire to promote national security interests is secondary to enforcing its ban on homosexuality.

    Gamble might know. In August he was fired, along with six other Arabic linguists, for being gay.

    Gamble, a former Wheel editor, said...

  • April 2, 2002 | Frontiers Magazine

    In two high-profile cases, an Air Force cadet and an Army captain with a 17-year career are finding out that letting the world know of their sexual orientation has not automatically ended their military careers.

    With gay-related discharges from the armed forces clocking in at over 1,000 a year in 2000 (a number not seen since the...

  • April 2, 2002 | The Advocate

    When Noel Freeman walked into the lounge where members of the Corps of Cadets hang out at Texas A&M University, the anxiety was palpable. Everyone-including Freeman himself-was apprehensive about how Freeman's return as the first openly gay cadet in the organization's 125-year history would play out."

    No one said...

  • March 14, 2002 | San Francisco Chronicle

    The number of gays and lesbians kicked out of the military because of their sexual orientation rose only slightly last year, but it was still the highest number recorded since 1987, a study shows.

    The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, an advocacy group, said Department of Defense figures showed 1,250 people dismissed because...

  • January 26, 2002 | Tallahassee Democrat

    DURING THE current campaign in Afghanistan, U.S. troops are serving alongside openly gay British and Canadian troops. Both of these countries have lifted their bans against openly gay service members - Britain in 2001 and Canada in 1992. And contrary to the prejudices that led to the U.S. policy of "don't ask, don't tell," the...

  • January 13, 2002 | New York Times, January 13, 1999

    Coit Blacker, deputy director of Stanford's Institute for International Studies, was on the National Security Council staff under President Clinton. Lawrence J. Korb, a vice president of the Council on Foreign Relations, was an assistant secretary of defense under President Ronald Reagan.

    After Bill Bradley and Al Gore said...