I have some troubling news about Don't Ask, Don't Tell activist Lt.
Dan currently faces up to 6 months in prison for protesting DADT in
front of the White House. He will be the first person in nearly a
century to be put on trial over an arcane law written for and last
used to silence important women suffragists. But apparently that
wasn't enough for the Obama administration to vent their frustration
Collection agencies are now demanding Dan pay over $3,000 to the
Department of Defense to "make up" for the portion of his enlistment
he did not serve after he was thrown out of the Army for disclosing
his sexual orientation. That includes seizing his veterans
disability checks that he depends on to treat his Post Traumatic
Stress Disorder from his service in the Iraq War.
Firedoglake is standing with Dan to demand the White House and
Department of Defense end their vindictive campaign against him. Sign
our petition and we'll deliver your signature to the court in Dan's
Stand with Don't Ask, Don't Tell activist
Lt. Dan Choi and oppose the White House and Department of Defense's
attempts to punish him. We'll deliver your signatures to the court
when Dan goes to trial later this month.
Stand with Lt. Dan Choi:
Dan has been the target of what seems to be an organized campaign
by the White House and Department of Defense to punish him for his
outspoken actions against Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
President Obama's use of an exceptionally harsh, obscure federal
law from the early 1900's to lock Dan away for up to 6 months is
absurd enough. But the fact that Dan is now being threatened with the
loss of his disability benefits raises the stakes significantly.
Dan suffers from PTSD from his honorable service in the Iraq War,
and attacking his benefits for political retribution is not only
irresponsible, but puts his health and well-being at risk.
Dan has honorably served our country, taken a bold stand against
discrimination and faced exceptional risk for both-- and as such, he
deserves our support. Firedoglake will be there to support him in the
coming weeks, including a conference call with activists to speak
directly with Dan and his attorney about the case and what we can all
do to help.
Sign on to our campaign to stand with Don't
Ask, Don't Tell activist Lt. Dan Choi and oppose the White House and
Military's campaign to silence and intimidate him. We'll deliver
signatures to the court when Dan goes to trial.
Both the White House and the Military have abused and ostracized
the LGBT movement enough. It's time to stand with Dan and expose their
attempts to punish dissidents.
Digital Strategy Director
PS: To learn more about the White House's campaign of persecution
against Lt. Dan Choi, click here to read our Founder Jane
Hamsher's article at Firedoglake.com.