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Sex vs National Security?

December 20, 2016


General David Haight received a major demotion as a result of his out of work choices. Why does this matter?


To get fired away from work, we think of athletes. NFL players involved in DUI accidents or drug use which leads to being cut from the team. Of course criminal investigations do not bode well from anyone. What company wants to be known to harbor murderers, drug dealers, or other unscrupulous activities? It's just bad PR.


However, when Welcome To The Wall Podcast learned about the firing, it is a mixture of emotions about this.


The logic is two fold from the military's point of view. There's the Uniform Code of Military Justice and then there is the risk another spy could potentially blackmail Gen. Haight. Let's discuss the code first. If you accept a job then you must abide by the rules of said job. That is reasonable. Is the code itself still up to date and a reasonable document for military personnel? Let's take a look at a few articles from the code.


10. Punitive Articles


Any commissioned officer, cadet, or midshipman who is convicted of conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.


What does this even mean? This is completely subjective and personnel are at the mercy of investigators. Is swinging unbecoming of an officer and gentleman?


10. Punitive Articles


(a) Any person subject to this chapter who engages in unnatural carnal copulation with another person of the same or opposite sex or with an animal is guilty of sodomy. Penetration , however slight, is sufficient to complete the offense.

(b) Any person found guilty of sodomy shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.


Well this is outdated due to changed rules on same sex marriage and homosexual soldiers being allowed to serve openly. However, for heterosexual couples, what does this have to do with national security?



10. Punitive Articles


Any person subject to this chapter who fights or promotes, or is concerned in or connives at fighting a duel, or who, having knowledge of a challenge sent or about to be sent, fails to report the fact promptly to the proper authority, shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.


I assume this came from the old days. Perhaps now it can be linked to fighting in general.


Ultimately however if one goes down the code, swinging is removed from the code.



Chicken and Egg Problem


So other point was because of General David Haight's extra marital swinging activities, he could be subject to blackmail possibly. I wholeheartedly disagree with this. In fact, by punishing the behavior, we are making any kind of sexual activity outside the typical Hetero-Anglo-Saxon perspective taboo. If the investigation resulted in nothing, then there would be nothing to be embarrassed about theoretically and zero risk of blackmail. If the United States were more open to other forms of intimacy than the traditional nuclear perspective then Gen. Haight would have been demoted. Again, the question is what does this have to do with his job or the code he is abiding by? Did he ever put the US at risk? How so?


Should we demand our bosses stay outside of our bedrooms?


The less we persecute others for living a lifestyle or having a point of then the better off everyone will be. We would argue, we are losing great candidates because a narrow of what is right vs what is wrong.

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