The gay soldiers that wanted to be on Fox

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    Dec 20, 2010 11:26 PM GMT
    http://liveshots.blogs.foxnews.com/2010/12/20/the-gay-soldiers-that-wanted-to-be-on-fox/
    The gay soldiers that wanted to be on Fox, December 20, 2010 - 1:42 PM by: Dominic Di-Natale, OPINION

    A few excerpts:

    It's the story I most regret not reporting. While in Iraq and Afghanistan throughout 2009 and 2010 I was approached by more than a dozen gay combat soldiers who wanted to discuss living and fighting under Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. [Later in article discusses why he did not report it last July, even though got the thumbs up from editors in NY.]

    ... They were, like in wider society back home, everywhere. In the Green Zone, they were at Union III, FOB Prosperity and at the press center known as CPIC. There were two gay Marines at the embassy that had been together on repeated deployments at both Saddam’s old palace by the Tigris and also at the lately-opened New Embassy Compound...

    ... One soldier showed me a website on his laptop where in December last year there were more than 340 male soldiers in Iraq actively seeking encounters and friendships with colleagues while deployed. It was one of several regular places online gay soldiers use. SPARWAR, the service that provides telecoms access to soldiers firewalled it for machines in the Morale, Welfare and Recreation centers but those with third-party wireless access had no such problem.

    Following this year’s increase in troops in Afghanistan, there are hundreds on the same sites openly looking, baring face pics, ACUs and all. Bagram Airbase and Kandahar Air Field could probably hold their own small Pride marches down the runways, one joked in an email. ...

    ... Instead, he and the other men I eventually interviewed, all of whom went outside the wire daily, had killed insurgents and covered their fellow men's backs under kinetic and hostile conditions, explained that they were “out” to their unit and that those units either acknowledged it but had not chosen not to report them to command, were comfortable with them or actively embraced them, usually with a lot of good-natured soldierly ribbing. More often than not their squadron would defend them from slurs by other companies without revealing the truth. ...

    ... After meeting 14 gay servicemen and women, I had deep understanding of their arguments for the repeal. I wasn't entirely convinced before. ...

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    Does anyone know what website they are referring to where more than 340 male soldiers were on?
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    Dec 21, 2010 12:12 AM GMT
    This was on Fox News? Some heads on this site must be spinning round and round and round....

    Seriously, the dismantling of DADT will most likely be a non-event, and five years from now, everyone will wonder what the fuss was about. I hope it's regarded with embarrassment by conservatives who realize that they were on the wrong side of the issue.
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    Dec 21, 2010 6:16 AM GMT
    The site referred to is likely Adam4Adam.com or Manhunt.net. Those are the most popular according to my friends.
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    Dec 21, 2010 8:58 AM GMT
    ABraveHeart saidThe site referred to is likely Adam4Adam.com or Manhunt.net. Those are the most popular according to my friends.


    It's adam4adam. And don't forget the gay contractors, most of whom are prior military.
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    Dec 21, 2010 9:00 AM GMT
    rkyjockdn saidThis was on Fox News? Some heads on this site must be spinning round and round and round....

    Seriously, the dismantling of DADT will most likely be a non-event, and five years from now, everyone will wonder what the fuss was about. I hope it's regarded with embarrassment by conservatives who realize that they were on the wrong side of the issue.



    Don't be so silly. icon_lol.gif Haven't you heard some of these conservative talking heads call George W. Bush a liberal when they realized how bad his foreign and domestic policies were?
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    Dec 21, 2010 10:39 AM GMT
    1. it's in the opinion pages. And he's got some terrible grammar.
    2. He did not report it, as he states.
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    One commentator:Wow, talk about showing up empty-handed and trying to join the party anyway.

    So you were "unable" to do what dozens of journalists did. And Fox News was "unable" to do what other news organizations did. And we're supposed to believe you actually tried?


    4. From 2005:
    http://www.rawstory.com/news/2005/Outed_in_Iraq_0206.html
    And this year from CBS:
    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/02/10/politics/washingtonpost/main6194189.shtml
    5. And yes, it's A4A:
    http://www.365gay.com/blog/duffy-how-gay-soldiers-find-each-other/
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    Dec 21, 2010 11:20 AM GMT
    Knowing how Rupert Murdoch operates, I'm not sure I believe the reporter.
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    Dec 21, 2010 1:19 PM GMT
    RiverRising saidKnowing how Rupert Murdoch operates, I'm not sure I believe the reporter.


    That's a very good point!