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January 29, 2006

82nd Airborne Soldiers On Gay Porn Website?

I knew it was a bad idea to take away their black berets. Now they've got "sand" colored ones. Might as well be puce.

Army officials are investigating allegations that members of the celebrated 82nd Airborne Division appear on a gay pornography Web site, a spokeswoman said Friday.

Authorities at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, have begun an inquiry into whether the soldiers' actions violated the military conduct code.

Division spokeswoman Maj. Amy Hannah declined to say how many paratroopers are involved or identify their unit within the division. A defense official speaking on condition of anonymity said up to seven soldiers are involved.
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Martha Rudd, an Army spokeswoman at the Pentagon, said soldiers accused of homosexual activity might be removed from their units, although she did not have specific information about the investigation of the 82nd. When asked if the suspected soldiers had been moved out of barracks, Hannah declined to comment.

"We are concerned about the privacy and rights of each trooper involved and that they are treated with dignity and respect," Hannah said.

Maj. Todd Vician, a Defense Department spokesman in Washington, said the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy states that "homosexual orientation alone is not a bar to service, but homosexual conduct is incompatible with military service."

"We define homosexual conduct as homosexual acts or verbal or nonverbal communication that a member is homosexual," Vician said.

Why go the "don't ask, don't tell" route? Isn't this conduct unbecoming? Or has some jackass court ruling given serving soldiers the right to appear in porn?

If not, then this looks like a little media bias, as the reporter dilligently sets this up as a "don't ask, don't tell" issue when really it's conduct than can get anyone booted, whether it's straight or gay porn.


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