Story display


ID:

369

Date:

2009-03-19

Headline:

Pentagon's FOIA response missed earlier 'Don't Ask' discharges

Reporter's name:

Nathaniel Frank (book author)

Delay/denial:

No

Lawsuit:

No

Fees:

No

Media outlet:

The New York Times

City:

Washington, DC

Summary:

In response to a FOIA request, the Pentagon released incomplete data about the military's discharge of linguists under the "Don't ask, don't tell" policy. The Pentagon's response indicated there had been 73 discharges since 1998; a subsequent GAO report found significantly more discharges, over a longer time period.

Notes:

In his book, "Unfriendly Fire," author Nathaniel Frank describes the Palm Center (then known as Center for the Study of Sexual Minorities in the Military, or CSSMM) as filing the initial FOIA request in 2004; later that year, the Pentagon released data showing the discharge of 73 people between 1998-2004, seventeen of whom spoke Arabic. A spokesperson told CSSMM that earlier data was not available. Later that year, the Pentagon also provided information to clarify ambiguities in that data. In 2005, the GAO released a report with data spanning 1993-2004, which showed the discharge of 322 people with skills in "an important foreign language," including 54 Arabic speakers. (Additional information available at www.palmcenter.org)

Keywords:

military, sexual orientation, DADT, don't ask don't tell, Iraq, Arabic, discharge

URL:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/19/books/chapters/chapter-unfriendly-fire.html


Agencies:

DOD

States:

DC

Categories:

intelligence
Iraq
military
national security
telecommunications
terrorism
veteran


Return to front page