Tuesday, October 26, 2010
The Obama administration placed a cone of silence over today’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”repeal strategy meeting warning the group on the scope and topics allowed in the discussion.
The Advocate obtained a copy of an email sent from Brian Bond, deputy director of the White House Office of Public Engagement and Obama’s de facto LGBT liaison, to the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal meeting’s participants, who include: Joe Solmonese of the HRC; Shane Larson of the Stonewall Democrats; Winnie Stachelberg of the Center for American Progress; Aubrey Sarvis of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network; R. Clarke Cooper of the Log Cabin Republicans; Alex Nicholson and Jarrod Chlapowski of Servicemembers United; Nathaniel Frank, DADT expert formerly of the Palm Center; Jim Kessler of the Third Way.
The email warns participants to stick strictly to a discussion about legislative repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and to steer clear of any mention of the current courts cases now being litigated.
The Bond email says:
“Obviously this meeting has gotten out. We are expecting the content of the conversation today to be off the record and to help us figure out how to move forward with the lame duck session. Also as previously mentioned, there can be no discussion of current court cases or legal strategy or Counsel’s Office will end the meeting. The focus is repeal and the lame duck session. This is also a non-partisan meeting where we want everyone’s help.”