Trans Rights Are Human Rights
this policy is so outdated, the dems better get rid of it come november. the nation wants its repeal. thanks for posting this video, ill have to check it later as im about to walk the doggie.
This response was submitted on the RMN blog http://www.rmnblog.org/ which I simultaneously posted "Don't ask don't Gay" by a reader proudly named "A Soldier". I feel it is worthy of consideration and my following response.A Soldier said....."It's hard to know exactly what the author is saying in this somewhat confusing article, but it does contain a number of gross factual errors about the Uniform Code of Military Justice. There is no such thing as a General Court Martial Article 15. An Article 15 is an administrative procedure for minor infractions. A Soldier always has the right to refuse an Article 15 and accept the possibility of legal proceedings. A Soldier also has the right to consult a lawyer before accepting an Article 15. A General Court Martial is courtroom trial complete with a judge, a prosecutor, a defense attorney, a panel of jurors, procedural rules and rules of evidence, a review by the convening authority and the right to appeal. Like trials in the civilian world, this process takes a considerable amount of time. A GCM is convened by a general officer, but not tried by him/her. No one goes to the Disciplinary Barracks at Leavenworth without conviction at court martial and the opportunity to appeal the conviction. It is often said that the UCMJ provides a defendant more legal rights and safeguards than most civilian legal codes. Congress, and not the military departments, sets policy on homosexuality in the armed forces. See Title 10 of the US Code, Section 654. Posted by: A Soldier | July 03, 2008 at 11:39 PM"====I responded....."Thank you Soldier, and especially thank you for your contributions on our Fourth of July. My Sergeant was offered a trial, but was told that the consequence's were that a longer sentence could be imposed. At that point I was most afraid for his safety, he looked like he wanted to run. But he maintained and opted to stand before this single officer.But this is a single brush stroke on the canvas and I am sorry if the meaning of his post is obscured by this metaphor. I wish to draw an analogy of the resulting behaviour of a indigenous population to our homophobic and parochial military and that of the armies occupying the same county who's policy is more accepting of LGBT people and the correspondingly less agitated behavioural response. I feel a independent analysis is fair since the official governmental position is that the only reason that we encounter such hostility when other countries are able to draw down their forces peaceably is because they refuse to place their soldiers in the more hostile areas.This is a Orwellian doublespeak which conveniently offers the American public which has been trained by the mainstream media to except "sound bite" palatably convenient explanations and does not truthfully, insight fully or strenuously explore other contributing factors to this disparity.I also explored the seemingly unpatriotic parallel to Americans who were placed in a situation where access the freedom of self expression is denied and the only option is the severity of punishment. We also responded by revolution probably beginning with a wag of a finger. I am well aware that the official line of the ARMY is that racial discrimination is not allowed and that the laws are written by government. The correlation I am interested in here is maybe the most important of this post. Reconciliation begins and lasts from the the inside of each individual person(a ARMY of ONE), regardless of what has been inked or chiseled. I personally beleave that if our ARMY became more "human" we would reap immediate results, possibly even peace. Please make every 21st of September in your life "Peace Day". Posted by: Kelli Busey | July 04, 2008 at 09:25 AM"
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