AirTalk for March 25, 2010

Pentagon relaxes Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy

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ARLINGTON, VA - MARCH 25: U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates (L) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen (R) speak to members of the media during a press briefing at the Pentagon March 25, 2010 in Arlington, Virginia. Gates announced that the Pentagon will ease the enforcement of the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced today that the Pentagon will alter how it handles military discharges under the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy. Under the revised policy, information shared with clergy, lawyers, psychotherapists and doctors would be kept confidential. Only more experienced officers will be able to initiate complaints, and must do so under oath. Military command must continue to enforce the law that bans gays from serving openly unless Congress repeals it. While the Pentagon continues its review, is this an appropriate step? Should Congress move to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell?

Guest:

Jen DiMascio, Staff Writer for Politico covering the Pentagon


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