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America's top military leaders tell lawmakers why don't ask don't tell should be repealed.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

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  1. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    That's right Anderson these girls had a choice. Slaves don't have a choice.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  2. Sue R. Canton MI.

    This is shameful to see that so much of this human trafficking going on in our country. I've seen and heard storie's like this for many years. So many of these young people fear for thier life if they come forward and try to get help. I hope they can find a better way to bring these creeps down.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  3. calvin

    My wife is bi-sexual & honerably served in the u.s army. We also have a friend that is gay & has served for 17 years. It's not who you are but what you're made of that not only a soldier but a patriot. May god bless all that are in hiding of who & what they are!!! Shame on america, it's leaders, and all the close minded that think that just because you're gay or lesbian, that you can't be a great soldier.

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

    incredibly sad. Well Done program, Anderson! Thank you

    December 2, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  5. William

    @Gary, as an Air Force member who just retired, the answer to your question is simple. Those opposing openly gay airmen serving, will be told the STHU. Today if there is sexual harrassment of heterosexuals, it's dealt with. Same would go for sexual harrassment with gay personnel, gay to gay or gay to heterosexual, or heterosexual to gay, it would be dealt with by the commander of the unit. I hope this helps your understanding of the issue.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  6. Sharon Hastings

    Human trafficking has been going on for a long time. You don't hear much about it. It's a dark, ugly smudge on our society. An excellent opportunity for keeping them honest. This needs the light of day and some action!

    December 2, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  7. Jonathan

    We seem to be doing everything we can to destroy our country. If 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.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  8. Jason

    @Gary the plan is they follow orders and do what they signed up to do. The military isn't a democracy. Contrary we don't take votes to decide if we're going to listen to the President.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  9. Heather - Spokane, WA

    I hate it that there are people out there that take the term, 'Land of opportunity' that our country has and uses it in a bad way to get people from other countries to come here and use them as slaves promising them great opportunities and then treat them like these girls

    December 2, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  10. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I find this story difficult to believe. Why didn't these girls tell one of their customers what was going on. They had opportunities, but they didn't want to be sent back to their countries.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  11. JOE

    I have been in the army for 6 years and if this law gets repealed then I am out, and so is many others. I know gay people in the army and even they dont want this. It makes soldiers uncomfortable having to bunk and shower with battlebuddys who have relations with those of the same sex. We know there are gay people in themilitary but we dont want to know who they are. I think we the military should get to vote, it affects us not members of congress. And shame on those who joined and took an oath knowing they couldnt tell and then left the service and exploided the law and their fellow soldiers

    December 2, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  12. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    I have wondered about the nail salons that are often run by Vietnamese that are new to America. Many of them work very long hours. Don't know if this same situation occurs, but it makes me wonder.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  13. Karen, MN

    They are all such beautiful and smart young ladies.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  14. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    My heart goes to girls, That is so scary I have hear!!!!!!!!!!!! I don't think is not right to do slave teenager girls to keep hide.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  15. Kenya

    It's always about money. No morals. I feel so bad for these young women. But they may live again now.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  16. Paula Gotlibowski

    I served in the U.S. military from 1980-1984. Back then, gay men and women (whether truly gay or not) used being gay as a reason to seek military discharges under the "legal" umbrella. If being gay is still a valid reason for reviewing military discharge requests, repealing DADT will decrease the administrative costs and time required to process these type of discharges which can oftentimes be results of bogus claims by service members. Repealing DADT will also better enforce all service members to honor their promise to serve and protect our country, and not seek discharges because they changed their minds about that promise.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  17. Lori

    How did they gain freedom?

    December 2, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  18. Gary

    @Jason.. Im not asking for your opinion (although I appreciate it). Im asking what is the real military plan in place once DADT is repealed? Does ANYONE here know the facts? Im asking an honest question because I dont know.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  19. stan

    Did anyone ever ask about all those medal of honor winners or other winners of military decorations what there preference was? Did anyone ever complain about the person who jumped on a live grenade, saving his life, losing his own, what his preference was or even care? Who knows how many of our past military heroes were gay?

    December 2, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  20. Karen, MN

    Did the neighbors think something weird was going on at that house?

    December 2, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  21. William

    Rick, very well said my friend, very well said. When DADT is repealed will there be issues? Most certainly. But the military will effectively deal with those issues. Today's forces are above this and those who are not will adapt just as they adapt to other policies that come down that they do not like. No one said all military service members have to like a policy they only have to support it. Time to quit the discrimination, end DADT, and move on to more important subjects.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  22. Darrell Wayne - San Francisco

    @Steve Anderson – If we wait until the troops redeploy from Iraq and Afghanistan, that would be never. This will be repealed either through the senate/house or through the courts!

    December 2, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  23. sgt parga

    by the gays wanting the dont ask dont tell policy to go away they are only setting them selves up for failure there are regulations thru ouit the whole military, now when they are able to come out will they ask that new regulations be added to benifit them? how could they expect to be treated the same after asking to be diffrent?

    December 2, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  24. Karen, MN

    The can't believe this happened to these girls in the USA.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  25. Jason

    @Gary, Those that won't work with gay people should be allowed to leave, and then deal with unemployment. No corporation will get rid of all their gay employees, it's just dumb. Where will they go so they don't have to be around gay people? Just curious.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  26. Melissa Hodge, Tampa, Florida

    This seems to be a very cut and dry decision to make: Repeal DADT. Sen. McCain cites fears of troop disorder if it is repealed, but members of the military have spoken, and their message is clear. They are largely unconcerned with any anticipated problems stemming from serving with openly gay servicemen and women. They already serve alongside gays and lesbians, and as Sen. Lieberman pointed out, troops only care about the abilities of their fellow members to serve and protect. We are all created equal. It's time to move one step closer to realizing the true American spirit and reaching its potential. It's amazing how Sen. McCain and others who represent our country are so resistant to change, no matter the progress that will benefit everyone.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  27. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    They still made the goal.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  28. Tyrone

    Call me ignorant, but I want to know how other countries feel about homosexuals serving in their military. Something tells me that no one cares as far as defending thier sovereignty is concerned. Tell you what – I'm willing to admit that I'm not ready to die for my country. I don't care who defends my freedoms so long as they love America as much as I do. I say repeal Don't Ask and repeal it now; an American is an American. Not to mention most of the "patriots" against it probably don't picture themselves on the front lines either....

    December 2, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  29. Gary

    Repeal DADT. But how would you handle those that are in the military that are opposed? Do they get an honorable discharge? Told to STHU? Reassigned? Questions need to be answered.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  30. Robert Fletcher

    These gay and lesbian soldiers are serving under the same flag as everyone else. When they die they return home in a coffin draped by the American flag, not a rainbow flag. Drop this ridiculous policy. I had three gay soldiers under my watch and they performed their duties admirably. That’s how they were judged but if they revealed to me their orientation I’d have to discharge three exceptional soldiers. Repeal it!!!

    December 2, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  31. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I love "The Shot" World cup soccer!!! I love saying Goalllllllll!!!!! That is so awesome play! 🙂

    December 2, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  32. Paula

    United States of America has accepted and supported a wide variety of diverse individuals. Through the educational process are citizens are all taught to be team players at an early age. Let us go back to what we have learned in this country. Our government should be focused on keeping our military as unique and diverse as possible in order to properly understand human behavior. Especially having a great appreciation for the people that are devoted to our country.
    Concerns about human sexuality only proves petty immaturity.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  33. Jason

    @Rich, a person can't be a man and a woman, and gay people aren't a sexual preference.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  34. sgt parga

    @ helen we are not asking them to lie becouse the policy clearly states do not ask !!!!

    December 2, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  35. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    (The Shot) Oops! Keep practicing guys.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  36. Caitlin Simpson

    McCain is running out of excuses to put off the vote for the repeal. The Pentagon's report shows that almost everyone is ready to move on with a new, and better stance on homosexuality.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  37. Robert

    Repealing DADT will cause readiness issues within the military. In addition, many soldiers did not get the chance to voice their opinion because they did not have access to the poll (the site was up and down). I have served 22 years in the military with three combat deployments as a military policeman and I have served with soldiers who other soldiers who were gay and they were treated differently.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  38. Gary

    Rangel is all that is wrong with Washington. He thinks he is above the law. Sooo frustrating!

    December 2, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  39. Billie

    Not only is DADT immoral, discriminatory and unconscionable, if one likes to discuss the bottom line, it is impractical. We are losing our best and our brightest- West Point grads, fluent in Arabic, have served in Iran and Afghanistan, etc., just because they're gay. Senator McCain should have learned the down to earth sentiment of one of his predecessors in Arizona, Senator Barry Goldwater, "I don't care if someone is straight; just as long as he can shoot straight." Israel which depends on its disciplined military for its very existence–it is constantly threatened with extinction– not only has homosexuals in all its ranks, but their survivors get death benefits. We have a long way to go....

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

    cosmic soup with a sprinkling of arsenic – yum!

    December 2, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  41. Kaytee

    I don't think who serves in the military should be left up to a survey. An individual's right to be in the military should not depend on how another individual feels about him or her. (or there would be no African Americans in the military)

    December 2, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  42. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Actually I think the entire survey process was wrong. Either repeal DADT or don't; but show some leadership. Truman didn't wring his hands when he ordered integration. He just did it, and told them to deal with it. Unfortunately we have very weak leadership.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  43. Sue R. Canton MI.

    It's good that Steven Hayes was sentenced to death. The sad thing is that the tax payers will probably have to pay for all of his appeals for the next 10-20 yrs.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  44. Helen

    In a place where they thrive on honesty and integrity, asking members to lie about who they are is just wrong and unfair.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  45. Brigadier General (Retired) Steve Anderson

    Simply absurd for Obama administration to conduct social engineering during wartime, and tinkering with DADT policy while tens of thousands of Americans are engaged in a tough fight in Afghanistan shows a government disconnected from needs of thousands of military personnel deployed overseas and profoundly misplaced priorities. I remain absolutely convinced that allowing gays to serve openly in military will have a significant negative impact on morale of our deployed forces; am happy to debate the issue with many that evidently disagree. However, this DADT policy review should be saved for AFTER our troops redeploy from Iraq and Afghanistan.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  46. Jason

    @Chad, this is a secular country despite what many conservatives would like to believe. Gays deserve every amount of rights as straights. And the Bible is not as clear cut on this issue as you think. What's happening to this country is it is falling behind the rest of the 1st world in everything but pure defensive power. When it comes to civil rights, we are way down on the list. That's not a good thing.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  47. Trent - Newfoundland, Canada

    @ Jason, I guess yor are right, but I think in the final analysis, he will come around. Still, really, he is not that close now. Good point!

    December 2, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  48. Pat

    The constitution should protect everyone's right to freedom of speach. Every company in America has to abide by it's Human Resources policies which usually include that all have to respect each other and cannot discriminate. Government agencies have policies that highlight a discrimination free environment. Professionals in the military believe the Armed Forces should operate the same way. Professionals within the military do not want to be known as part of a organization percieved to be made up of bigots. Professionals in military do not want to be discriminated against when they leave the military and apply for other jobs for fear they are bigots after having worked for an organization that discriminates.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  49. Jerry, Chicago

    Hello Anderson McCain has become and embarrassment he looked like Strom Thurman did trying to keep segregation alive. When McCain attacks a minority to score political points for the extreme right wing its just sad to see a once great senator look so pathetic.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  50. rich

    i am so tired of this dadt....an American fighting man and woman is just that.....a fighting man and woman...in the Marine Corps we were all green, period. Why do gays and lesbians insist on being considered different? you are still a man and a woman. You are not a race you are a sexual preference.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
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