Monday, March 15, 2010

Vindictive Cops 'Out' Air Force Sgt.

Air Force Sgt. Jene Newsome was working at the base when Rapid City, S.D cops showed up at her house with an arrest warrant for her partner on theft charges in Alaska. According to the AP report, she declined to immediately come home, so when they peeked in her windows and saw a marriage license from Iowa (where same-sex marriage is legal), they outted her to the Air Force.

She was then discharged.

"It's unfortunate that Newsome lost her job," said police Chief Steve Allender. "It was a part of the case, part of the report and the Air Force was privileged to the information." An internal investigation by the Rapid City Police Department has ruled the officers who spyed into her house acted appropriately.

Newsome, a 9-year Air Force veteran, said, "I played by 'don't ask, don't tell.'"

Of course, the simple answer is to finally get rid of Don't Ask Don't Tell so crap like this can no longer take place, but considerable institutional foot-dragging coupled with lack of political will is delaying that obvious solution.

I'm a little surprised my libertarian friends haven't had more to say about this. I guess they'd rather bitch about Obama's health care plans.

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