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Pentagon Labels Gay Kiss-In A 'Credible Threat'

"The Pentagon is supposed to defend the Constitution, not turn it upside down."

WASHINGTON, DC – According to recent press reports, Pentagon officials have been spying on what they call “suspicious? meetings by civilian groups, including student groups opposed to the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell? ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual military personnel. The story, first reported by Lisa Myers and NBC News last week, noted that Pentagon investigators had records pertaining to April protests at the State University of New York at Albany and William Patterson College in New Jersey. A February protest at NYU was also listed, along with the law school’s LGBT advocacy group OUTlaw, which was classified as “possibly violent? by the Pentagon. A UC-Santa Cruz “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell? protest, which included a gay kiss-in, was labeled as a “credible threat? of terrorism.

Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) condemned the Pentagon surveillance and monitoring. “The Pentagon is supposed to defend the Constitution, not turn it upside down,? said SLDN executive director C. Dixon Osburn. “Students have a first amendment right to protest and Americans have a right to expect that their government will respect our constitutional right to privacy. To suggest that a gay kiss-in is a ‘credible threat’ is absurd, homophobic and irrational. To suggest the Constitution does not apply to groups with views differing with Pentagon policy is chilling.?

In January, the Department of Defense confirmed a report that Air Force officials proposed developing a chemical weapon in 1994 that would turn enemies gay. The proposal, part of a plan from Wright Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, was to develop “chemicals that effect (sic) human behavior so that discipline and morale in enemy units is adversely effected (sic). One distasteful but completely non-lethal example would be strong aphrodisiacs, especially if the chemical also caused homosexual behavior.? SLDN also condemned that report, and the Pentagon later said it never intended to develop the program.

“The Pentagon seems to constantly find new and more offensive ways to demean lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people,? said Osburn. “First, we were deemed unfit to serve our country, despite winning wars, medals and the praise of fellow service members. Then, our sexual orientation was suggested as a means to destabilize the enemy. Now, our public displays of affection are equated with al Qaeda terrorist activity. It is time for new Pentagon policy consistent with the views of 21st century America.?

SLDN announced it plans to submit a Freedom of Information Act request to learn if it or other LGBT organizations have also been monitored by the Pentagon. To date, only a small portion of DoD’s total database of information has been made public.

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Re: Pentagon Labels Gay Kiss-In A 'Credible Threat'

It was our April 5th action that made the 8 pages released by MSNBC, not the October 18th Queer Kiss-in. This information is clarified in this article by the Gay City News:


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