Tuesday, 4 September 2007

desperate

Gaidheil alerted me to this Frontlines post: "We Can't Be That Desperate.", which in turn is based on this article on Military.com:

Though a judge ordered him supervised by Florida probation officials, a registered Nassau County sex offender has left the state, courtesy of the Army.

A month after pleading guilty to lewd and lascivious conduct with a teenage girl, Spc. Shawn Stacy Sapp, 38, is back on duty as a helicopter mechanic at Fort Hood, Texas. Officers there reviewed his charges and determined he was "retainable in the U.S. Army," court documents show.

"I just find it hard to believe that they would have convicted sex offenders in the military. We can't be that desperate," said Assistant State Attorney Jonathan Sacks, one of two Nassau prosecutors who worked on Sapp's case.

As has been reported before the US army is getting less and less scrupulous who it lets into its ranks. So much so that the word "rank" seems to be taking on a whole new meaning...

And all that time perfectly qualified, capable, upstanding gays and lesbians who want to serve in the armed forces are barred from doing so, at least not unless they pretend to be someone they're not, for the sole reason of their homosexuality.

1 comment:

Robguy said...

"I just find it hard to believe that they would have convicted sex offenders in the military. We can't be that desperate,"

Yes, yes we can...