Friday, March 9, 2007
DADT bedevils Air Force rape prosecution
It's been clear for some time now that Congress's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy towards queer servicemembers has perverse, and serious consequences. But it never occurred to me, or probably to almost anyone, that on top of everything else is might complicate the investigation and prosecution of crimes within the armed forces. That, apparently, is just what has happened in the case of an Air Force officer accused of raping fellow servicemen. As this news report indicates, where sexual crimes are concerned DADT may give victims and witnesses disincentives to report and cooperate with investigators; lead innocent accused to jeopardize their defense by lying; and give guilty accused convenient explanations for their lies.