December 2nd, 2010
09:47 PM ET

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

America's top military leaders tell lawmakers why don't ask don't tell should be repealed.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.

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soundoff (195 Responses)
  1. sandy

    due process and equal protection under our constitution require the repeal of don't ask don't tell

    December 2, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  2. Clayton Duncan

    I'd like to know what the basic objection is from those opposed to gays and lesbians serving in our military? Do they seriously think gays and lesbians join the military to "hook up"? There are other less patriotic and dangerous places to do that. They join to defend the rights we all share even though they aren't afforded all their rights. Every soldier is a hero. It's time to get our military as up to date with society as it is with their weaponry.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  3. Paula, Colorado

    Sen. Lieberman makes more sense than those at the hearing, it seems.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  4. lisal -canada

    personally i would give more credit to those who actually currently SERVE IN the military, as opposed to armchair soldiers or those who served in a different time and place

    December 2, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  5. Kaytee

    Most of the military did not want to serve with African Americans. By the fifties the military was completely integrated, and the south was still segragated. Go figure!

    December 2, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  6. Jason

    I'd like to know where the people that would leave the military because of DADT are going to find jobs where there aren't gay people. Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, and the US Government all have equal opportunity policies for LGBT folks, so do the majority of US companies. They won't work at Apple, Google, Sony, or an airline. Where will they find jobs that support their bigotry?

    December 2, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  7. colin

    what happens to the soldiers punished under the ask no tell policy if a new solution is reached? i personally thing there will be little impact, defending are country should be rewarded no matter who you are.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  8. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Actually Leiberman just made a great point FOR DADT. Keeping their private lives private is the 'don't tell' part of DADT. If people did that they could serve with no problem.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  9. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I think Senator Joe Lieberman is right this time, Senator John McCain is wrong about DADT!

    December 2, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  10. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Just play nice!

    December 2, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  11. Monica M. Williams

    Don't ask. Don't tell. Why speak?

    Why are we quibbling over a solder's sexuality? If someone has been proven worthy to serve then why must we dive into someone's sexuality? It illegal, unethical to pry into someone's sexuality in regards to other professions (teacher, doctor, lawyer ect...). The military is no different.

    Wake up people. You can't catch "gay" by touching a door knob like the common cold.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  12. Katharine

    I'm glad Senator Lieberman feels maturely about this issue, and his values of sexual orientation in the army don't matter if they are willing to die for our country. His standards of equality is very American, while as 'The Don't Ask Don't Tell' is itself discriminating.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  13. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    McCain is moving the goal post in regards to DADT. He is not standing by his word.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  14. Lori

    Sexual harrassment is a separate issue.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  15. Heather - Spokane, WA

    I still have not heard a good reason as to why gays and lesbians should not be in the military, and the reasons I have heard make absolutely no sense

    December 2, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  16. Kenya

    Mr. McCain needs to listen to Senator Lieberman. Wise words.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  17. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @Sue, the Joint Chiefs will say what the Administration wants them to say.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  18. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    Sorry Senator McCain...you keep "flip-flopping" on topics. That really bothers me having been raised in Arizona. Ugh! Stay with your opinions and quit changing to suit your agenda.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  19. Nina

    sexual preference has nothing to do with being a soldier!

    December 2, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  20. Lori

    All people are not treated equally.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  21. Sue R. Canton MI.

    There's so much flip-flopping on the repeal of DADT. I watched some of the hearing today and it seemed to me that the military officials were all for the repeal. It seems to be that Sen. McCain has a lot to do with the holdup.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  22. lisal -canada

    it would be nice to think it is time to implement change and move forward, make progress

    December 2, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  23. SGT Joseph Oates

    One day history will look upon this debate as a sad chapter in American history. Truman did the right thing with the integration of our Armed Forces and this sad chapter is long overdue. Sadly, Senator McCain will go down on the wrong side of history in this debate and whether deservedly or not, has painted himself as a homophobe and hypocrite.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  24. Casey Jones - Phoenix, AZ

    Instead of focusing on how to keep people from enjoying their basic human rights, why can't our representatives focus on the economy and creating JOBS? I'm tired of our representatives focusing on issues that are shallow and wasteful, in time and $.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  25. Lisa in Louisville

    Don't gays and lesbians pay taxes? Don't they have the right to vote? Aren't they held to the same laws that heterosexuals are? Then why should they be banned from serving in the military?

    December 2, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  26. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Its interesting how the military is complaining about not having enough people joining the military when they have a group of people that are wanting to join and are healthy enough to join but cannot because of their sexuality and it does not make any sense as to why they should not

    December 2, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  27. Sharon Hastings

    How do those military leaders and congressmen who are against repeal account for the fact that other countries have successfully repealed their policy and have not seen any major issues after having done so. Do they think we Americans would do less?

    December 2, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  28. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    It appears that the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Defense Secretary have studied this subject well. DADT has evolved nearly two decades and that's the key, evolution. It's time to make changes that will be best for military readiness.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  29. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I also agree with Mr. Gates and Mike Mullen said talked about Don't ask and don't tell!

    December 2, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  30. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Most of the military actually don't care. They have a job to do and are trying to do it without getting killed. You can't run the military with polls.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  31. Lori

    Can soldiers just resign? Don't they have contracts to fulfill upon joining the military?

    December 2, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  32. Diana

    I have a good compromise. Give homosexuals the same opportunities as women in our military. Women still aren't allowed in infantry, artillery or tanks, the major combat units. The majority of the military is fine with homosexuals, the combat troops aren’t. This should make everyone happy at least for now.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  33. Jeanie

    In the real world, most of us don't ask . Most of us just accept a Union... as a partnership. We really DON"T CARE.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  34. Casey Jones - Phoenix, AZ

    McCain is suffering, plain and simply, from homophobia. There is absolutely no logical reason to treat an entire class of people, or their exemplary service, as "invalid."

    December 2, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  35. Lori

    Hello Anderson! Hello Everyone!

    December 2, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  36. SGT Joseph Oates

    We call ourselves an Army of professional Soldiers. If this is the case, then we should all be able to act like professionals. So I propose as a member of the military that we be held to the same standards of professional conduct as any employee of the federal government would be. This should include abstaining from talk of sexual conduct and practices within a workplace environment. If this is unacceptable then I am willing to accept a compromise and be referred to as an amateur Army which is much more fitting to the behavior that we currently exhibit as a whole.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  37. Kenya

    Oh really. Change of heart?

    December 2, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  38. Catherine La Mirada,CA

    Good evening to all. I used to respect Sen. McCain but first he unleashes Sarah Palin on the world. Now his position on DADT is bigotry at its finest. Such a sad way to end a long illustrious career.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  39. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Helloooo 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 Facebook Bloggers!!!!
    Happy Thursday night!

    December 2, 2010 at 10:02 pm |
  40. Jeanie

    In my "small" world, I know when two people are partners; when they work its almost majical when it happens.. If it is two women , or two men , or one of each..... they are perfect for each other, and good for this country. I BELIEVE OUR CULTURE IS READY TO ACCEPT THIS. Ask the kids on the streets... they are supremely aware.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:02 pm |
  41. Nina

    Good Evening Anderson Cooper, team 360 and bloggers

    December 2, 2010 at 10:02 pm |
  42. Karen, MN

    Hi Anderson and bloggers:)

    December 2, 2010 at 10:02 pm |
  43. Sharon Hastings

    Good evening Anderson and fellow bloggers. I appreciate your continued coverage of DADT.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  44. Sue R. Canton MI.

    Good evening everyone.
    Looking forward to the show tonight.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  45. Kevin Smith-Poole

    Good Evening Anderson!! Hello All!!

    December 2, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  46. Paula, Colorado

    Hi! It's great to see you on.
    Your report on don't ask don't tell should be fascinating.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  47. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    Good evening everyone!

    December 2, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  48. Casey Jones - Phoenix, AZ

    Good Evening

    December 2, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  49. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Evening Anderson and everyone

    December 2, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Evening Everyone! Greetings!

    December 2, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
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