Kiss of brain death

Boo! Who's scared? Who's craven? Your Pentagon, that's who. According to the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, "Pentagon officials have been spying on what they call 'suspicious' meetings by civilian groups, including student groups opposed to the military's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual military personnel."

This is Liddy territory here. Meaning: nutso. Meaning: Tinfoil hat paranoia. That, or, more likely, it's a reversion to the old days of COINTELPRO, when groups politically opposed to the policies of those in power were routinely monitored.

John Aravosis is apoplectic: "Jesus f-in Christ. This has gone far beyond the pale. We need to do something now, and in massive numbers. I've been talking with several of the blogs and politicos in the last few days. This is even worse than I thought."

Recalling the quaint tradition that the Pentagon is supposed to protect, and not undermine the Constitution, SLDN executive director C. Dixon Osburn said:


"Students have a first amendment right to protest and Americans have a right to expect that their government will respect our constitutional right to privacy. To suggest that a gay kiss-in is a 'credible threat' is absurd, homophobic and irrational. To suggest the Constitution does not apply to groups with views differing with Pentagon policy is chilling."
But here's what's just so damn entertaining about the Great American Fuck-Yeah Millenium: that's not the most outrageous part of the report. This is:

"In January, the Department of Defense confirmed a report that Air Force officials proposed developing a chemical weapon in 1994 that would turn enemies gay..." (Americablog)

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