Friday, April 25, 2008

Don't ask, don't tell movie

From ASK NOT, a documentary film about closeted American service members
and activists fighting against homophobia and for the right to serve openly without retaliation. Opens Saturday, April 26, in San Francisco. Check the link for screenings.

I have no doubt that homosexuals have served and are today serving in the Armed Forces with distinction. But most of them--and this is very important--are not today openly disclosing that sexual orientation.... I also believe, however, that we must give careful consideration to the advice of our military commanders on this subject. Gen. Colin Powell, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has stated that in view of the unique conditions of military service, active and open homosexuality by members of the armed services will have a very negative effect on the military morale and discipline. -- Sen. Sam Nunn, Feb. 04, 1993.

See previous post for more information on Sam Nunn's role in DADT.

The movie's website describes the documentary by John Symons:

ASK NOT is a rare and compelling exploration of the U.S. military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. The film exposes the tangled political battles that led to the discriminatory law, and profiles charismatic young activists determined to abolish it. As wars in the Middle East rage on, ASK NOT reveals personal stories of gay Americans who serve in combat under a veil of secrecy.

Looking forward to its release on DVD (I hope, I hope), a must-have for my library. According to David Mixner, PBS will air the film later this year or in 2009. He also notes that the film "will make it impossible for President Clinton to spin any longer that he had no choice." No argument here. Bill didn't display Truman's bravery and grit when Harry desegregated the military by executive order.

I look to Hillary to make amends. Obama, IMO, is talk-talk and more like Bill, a Triangulator.

For those interested in DADT documents on the statutes, litigation, hearings, etc., Stanford offers a comprehensive archive.