Alex Blaze

No bias, just questions

Filed By Alex Blaze | July 11, 2010 7:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: Don't Ask Don't Tell, gays in the military

"Absolutely, unequivocally, I reject (the accusations of bias) as nonsense.

We think it would be irresponsible to conduct a survey that didn't address these kinds of (privacy-related) questions."

--Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell on accusations of bias in the DADT survey

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It occurred to me that this issue comes down to a matter of trust. Do we as a community trust the Obama administration, the Pentagon, etc...?
As I read Morrell's response to the criticism (and the Pentagon's attendant replies), they are saying these questions are being asked to ascertain how to deal with any personal qualms on servicemembers' minds when DADT is repealed.
These questions are supposedly being asked not to determine the viability of repeal, but to understand how to best address anxieties and concerns of servicemembers when DADT is repealed.
So the question for me becomes - do we as a community trust these replies?
And do we trust the people making them?