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Pentagon’s Discretion in Trump Trans Military Directive

Pentagon’s Discretion in Trump Trans Military Directive

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Under the cover of a Category 4 hurricane bearing down on Texas — or as Donald Trump would characterize it, taking advantage of all the eyes glued to TV because of it — the president on August 25 issued a formal “memorandum” to the secretaries of Defense and Homeland Security spelling […]

Defense Chief Signals End to Transgender Military Ban

Defense Chief Signals End to Transgender Military Ban

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a statement laying the groundwork for what seems certain to lead to open service by transgender members of the US military, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, on July 13, announced that a high-level working group would spend six months to study “the policy and readiness implications of welcoming transgender persons to […]

Pentagon: Guard Units in Every State Now On Board with Same-Sex Benefits

Pentagon: Guard Units in Every State Now On Board with Same-Sex Benefits

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a December 13 written statement, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced that every state is now complying with his order that National Guard units provide Department of Defense identification cards to all military spouses regardless of their sexual orientation. In August, the Pentagon –– responding to the June Supreme Court ruling […]

Obama Will No Longer Enforce Ban on Same-Sex Couple Military Benefits

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The Obama administration will no longer enforce a federal law that bars the Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration from providing spousal benefits to couples in same-sex marriages. In a September 3 letter to Republican House Speaker John Boehner, Attorney General Eric Holder wrote that even though the June 26 Supreme […]

Bradley Manning and the State of Our Republic

BY NATHAN RILEY | Bradley Manning is an American hero who against great odds and without regard to his personal safety defied US secrecy laws. In recent months, his actions have increasingly been viewed in a more favorable light. By the end of July, in a sudden change of direction, Congress investigated the National Security Agency […]