Military Purging Its Arabic Linguists

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This makes a lot of sense: “A decorated sergeant and Arabic language specialist was dismissed from the U.S. Army under the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, though he says he never told his superiors he was gay and his accuser was never identified.” Right, because the Army has way too many Arabic language specialists just sitting around. Oh, wait.

This isn’t the first time either; a report in 2005 found that the Army has discharged 26 Arabic and Farsi linguists for being gay. Whether any of them actually had the privilege of facing their accusers is unclear.

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