Monday, July 19, 2010

Taxpayers Demand $4.4 Million Refund Over Anti-Gay Military Survey

Servicemembers United an advocacy organization dedicated to repealing the anti-gay military policy known as Don't Ask Don't Tell is furious over a new and biased survey about the policy.

The Department of Defense just paid the research firm Westat the outrageous sum of $4.4 million to design and administer an email-based survey about the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law. While its development was shrouded in secrecy for weeks, leaked copies of the final version recently began circulating. To everyone’s surprise, the survey, which went out to 400,000 service members, turned out to be laced with bias, inaccuracies, and derogatory assumptions and insinuations about gay and lesbian Americans. Demand that Westat and the Pentagon repay the American Taxpayer for this outrageous waste of $4.4 million!
Sign the petition to demand a full refund and an end to the discriminatory policy of Don't Ask Don't Tell.


shrink on the couch said...

I heard some of the questions on a public radio story. Sounds like a survey version of asking leading questions. Surveys can tell us anything we want to hear if we word them just-so. Frustrating but not really surprised, considering the source.

SteveDenver said...

It's only fair to see some of the questionable text before signing onto the petition. Howzaboutit?

Dakotahgeo said...

If you haven't seen the numerous sites that show the questions of the survey, you haven't been paying very much attention! They are skewed against GLBT soldiers and the entire survey is flawed. Not only should we get a complete refund of our $4.4M for this survey, but whoever thought up this straw scarecrow of a survey should be charged with any criminal code that exists. This was bogus from the word go. Just the mere fact that it was militarily- or governmentally sponsored should have raised all sorts of red flags for those in charge. Sorry... no more foxes guarding the henhouses of our nation.
Dakotahgeo, M.Div. Pastor/Chaplain

Marilyn Johnson said...

SteveDenver, there is a full copy of the survey here: You have to scroll down to page 10 (of 34) to find the questions regarding homosexuals. I read the survey; I think I see how it's biased, but I'm not sure. Has anyone taken a crack at deconstructing it?

libhom said...

The survey isn't even slightly surprising. Gates is a heterosexist Republican who is a crony of the Bush crime family.

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