Q Scott, the administration has removed some language from the rules allowing gays and lesbians to get national security clearances. The language is that sexual orientation may not be used as a basis for, or a disqualifying factor in determining a person's eligibility for a security clearance. Why did they remove that language?I have an answer to the question posed in the title of this post. What's yours?
MR. McCLELLAN: Well, the language that you're referring to is based on an executive order that was put in place by the previous administration. And that executive order is aimed at preventing discrimination based on sexual orientation, and it has some very specific language in that executive order. There's no change in our policy. The language that you're referring to reflects what is in that executive order.
Q So why take it out if there's no change in policy?
MR. McCLELLAN: I don't think they took out language. I think that they updated the language to reflect exactly what was spelled out in the executive order. There's no change in the policy.
Q But they took this language out. This is gone. It doesn't say that anymore.
MR. McCLELLAN: I don't know what language you're specifically referring to, because I think the language is very similar to what it says in the executive order and the policy remains the same.
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
W: Gay Friendly or Gay Enemy?
I notice some bloggers tickling the subject regarding the policy toward hetero and homosexual security clearences, but have a look here at how tangled up Scotty gets when asked about it. It's really quite humurous and embarrasing at how he trys to spin his way out of this wormhole: