December 2nd, 2010
09:47 PM ET

'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Fact Vs. Fiction: Join the Live Chat

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America's top military leaders tell lawmakers why don't ask don't tell should be repealed. They take on tough questions about why, why now, and why their landmark study didn't ask U.S. troops directly if they want to see the rule lifted. You hear both sides, in their own powerful words. We're keeping them honest. Plus, modern day slavery hiding in plain sight right here in the U.S.

Scroll down to join the live chat during the program. It's your chance to share your thoughts on tonight's headlines. Keep in mind, you have a better chance of having your comment get past our moderators if you follow our rules.

Here are some of them:

1) Keep it short (we don't have time to read a "book")
2) Don't write in ALL CAPS (there's no need to yell)
3) Use your real name (first name only is fine)
4) No links
5) Watch your language (keep it G-rated; PG at worst - and that includes $#&*)

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soundoff (195 Responses)
  1. lisal -canada

    i guess mothers can get both credit and blame 🙂

    December 2, 2010 at 11:00 pm |
  2. Trent - Newfoundland, Canada

    Hi hope Assange gets what he deserves, life in prison administerd by the US or &^%^&(. You just can't jeopradize the security of many nations by releasing sensitive military information. this may come back to haunt the free world.

    December 2, 2010 at 11:00 pm |
  3. Nina

    Good Night Anderson Cooper team 360 and bloggers. Have a wonderful night.

    Excellent program, especially on human trafficking. Addressing

    December 2, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  4. Sue R. Canton MI.

    Goodnight AC360 Team and fellow bloggers.
    Good show tonight Anderson.

    Ridiculist=Antrel Rolle,,You don't blame your "MOM" for the statement that "YOU" made.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  5. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    This is so silly Ridlist with Artell Rolle I have heard!! LOL!!! Very funny, Anderson!!!!!

    Good night Anderson, Megan, Susan, Jane, Martina, Nicole, Kim, Emily, Gloria, Mike, Casey, Milan, Vivan, Gabriela, Cessy, Paula, Isabel, David-Indiana, JoAnn, Monica, Kathy, Jane, Gayle, Renee, Caroline, (Danie), Lori, (Adelaide), Heather, BettyAnn, Starr, Sharon, A. Smith, Devin, Karin, Dulcie, Michael, Karen, Miranda, Sree, Nancy, Sue, Kenya, Libby, Nina, Samantha,others and my friend Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!
    See you tomorrow night, Have a great night & Sleep tight everyone!!!

    See you tomrrow!

    December 2, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  6. Sharon Hastings

    Someone obviously spoke to Mr. Rolle and set him straight. You could tell his apology was not in his own words. These guys have pretty big feet to get stuck in their mouths that way.

    Good night everyone. Very excellent program tonight. Important issues and covered well! I always learn from my fellow bloggers.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  7. Michael - Huntington Beach, CA.

    I really liked the debate and report tonight on the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy! And I was shocked by the story on Teen Slavery! Another excellent AC360 tonight!!

    December 2, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  8. Karen, MN

    Great show! Good night. Sleep tight and pleasant dreams to you. With a wish and a prayer that every dreams come true.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  9. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Good night Emily, Mike, Starr, Nicole, Nancy in Oregon,and Megan.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  10. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Night Everyone! "Don't blame your Mom! Boooooo!"

    December 2, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  11. Lori

    Good night Anderson. Good night everyone! Sweet dreams!

    December 2, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  12. Gary

    No! Assange did no hack. He was given the documents. Assange did not violate any laws with the exception of the recent sexual assault charges. That is what makes Wikileaks so fascinating. Assange is publishing information provided to him. The law breaker that released the classified information are behind bars as we speak. I believe his name is Manning.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  13. Chi

    Really love the show today. Good night, AC and 360ers

    December 2, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  14. Lori

    Okay, you can not blame your mama.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  15. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    Football players need to have tougher skin. The fans are the fans and will let you know how it is. There is no comparison to soldiers. Be quiet and be happy with your big money in the NFL.

    Hope everyone has a great evening!

    December 2, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  16. Casey Jones - Phoenix, AZ

    Football players (athletes) are Prima Donnas

    December 2, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  17. Karen, MN

    Rolle should just stop talking:)

    December 2, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  18. Kenya

    Some of these football players can't seem to say something intelligent for once.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  19. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    How dare that idiot compare himself to our troops!

    December 2, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  20. lisal -canada

    i hope the testimony elizabeth smart had to give does not stay stuck in her head – my personal theory is that we 'cling' (subconsciously) to negative self-talk as a means of survival in order to 'not forget' things that our instincts tell us to be afraid of – may her head be clear of all of these thoughts

    December 2, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  21. Kaytee

    "what we do in our bedrooms is our business then why do we have to tell our employees, in this case military, what our sexual preference is? So DADT is the right policy."

    No one is saying that you HAVE to tell your sexual preference. By getting rid of this policy, we are saying that a soldier cannot be KICKED OUT because someone finds out about their sexual preference. Its not to make you tell, but to protect your right to serve no matter your prefernce.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  22. Jason

    @Norm Honor and Integrity are the values of our military. Asking people to lie or misrepresent themselves violates our values.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  23. Nina

    Chuck Norris is a soft spoken kind man

    December 2, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  24. Casey Jones - Phoenix, AZ

    Thank you Calvin.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  25. Helen

    Assange is a coward. He is revealing state secrets but does not want to talk about his law case. Where is the transparency julian assange? I guess when it comes to your privacy it is another story. I hope you get arrested very soon.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  26. Trent - Newfoundland, Canada

    Have you ever had a friend and found out him to be gay? Before knowing, you thought he was the best thing in the world. After finding out he was gay do you 'cast him aside'? I don't thing the SGT would. We are all truly equal under the law and under God!!

    December 2, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  27. Heather - Spokane, WA

    I think assange may have hacked the government computers and got the information

    December 2, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  28. Nina

    I find the timing of Julian Assange's charges very suspicious!!!

    December 2, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  29. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    As for Julian Assange, he will be caught. Law enforcement is carefully planning this arrest. Too many countries, especially Russia, are pretty upset with him. Even in hiding, he's still publishing more documents. It's only a matter of time...

    December 2, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  30. Mike

    A Naval Officer from the 1940s experiences and education are not sufficient substitution for the 2010 Army's junior enlisted infantryman's environment. – (former) SSG U.S Army Iraq veteran

    December 2, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  31. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I hope police & FBI will find Julian Assange right away to bring him back to jail!!!!!!!! He was wrong thing to do rape ladies!

    December 2, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  32. lisal -canada

    if assange is a genius hacker is there a possibility that he himself broke into the military computers and granted himself and/or the 'document downloading guy' access? just a thought – that would be an ultimate hacker win woudn't it? sounds like something mr assange might attempt and be quite proud of

    December 2, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  33. Lori

    This sounds like a lot of trouble.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  34. jonathan

    Why is it that no one brings up the fact that the combat arms jobs in the Army and Marine Core soldiers if and when asked say No. I have never heard one soldier say yes around me

    December 2, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  35. Kevin Smith-Poole

    While I feel DADT should be repealed. I fear our country is going to continue to discriminate against anyone who is different. My husband served in the military and they begged him to stay. But how can you expect someone to be willing to die for a country that tells them they are not good enough. No one knows how it feels to have your husband directly in harms way and not be able to talk to him or send letters. At least straight couples get that. So dont presume to think you know what your talking about when you have not lived that hell.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  36. Norm

    It isn't really a debate if we are forced to accept one of two extreme positions. We need to have a compromise that does not erode the values and traditions of our wonderful armed forces.

    A half-measure where gay units are separate but equal would be a good compromise.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  37. Helen

    @SGT Parga: we asking them to lie by omission. We should be able to ask colleagues about their love ones whitout fear of their answer. It is a violation a the military honesty policy.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  38. Gary

    Wikileaks: A) classified documents created. B) Persons with proper clearances takes said documents out and hands them over to the creator of Wikileaks. C) Wikileaks publishs those classified documents. D) People go to jail...

    December 2, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  39. Paula, Colorado

    It seems odd that patrons of the salon didn't suspect there was something wrong during the time the girls were working.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  40. Gary

    Thanks William. I suspected that it should be dealt with as a local problem within the military organization. Good plan.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  41. Lori

    I really do not understand, what is the purpose of Wikileaks?

    December 2, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  42. Neil...Ontario Canada

    Where does it stop? Are Catholics going to start refusing to fight along side Protestants or Jews? African Americans along side whites or Latinos? Let it go. Too much time and too much money is being spent to justify some peoples prejudice.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  43. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    What is done in the darkness always come into the light.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  44. Adam

    I'm not advocating keeping don't ask don't tell in place, in fact I think it would have been nice if this study had produced encouraging results. As it is, I think the study was undertaken with the desired results in mind. The 70% figure that is being thrown around by the media is a convoluted way of reading the results. Another way to read them would be that 60% of the military said a repeal of the policy would have mixed or negative results. Over 80% would be uncomfortable with the shower situation. 12-23% of the military would leave early. If we are going to repeal DADT we need to read the results unbiasedly to understand what a big change this would be. Even 30% (negative responses) is a substantial portion of the military.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  45. Nina

    @ Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio
    Its called learned helplessness

    December 2, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
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