So, apparently the massive survey to the troops — and the follow up survey to spouses isn’t enough. Via press release, the U.S. Army announced that its collecting input on DADT via an online inbox:
The Army launched a ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ online inbox today specifically available for Soldiers worldwide to share comments and opinions.
The inbox is accessible via the Army Knowledge Online homepage. The intent of the inbox is to help the Army assess and consider the impacts, if any, a change in ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ law would have on operations, readiness, effectiveness, unit cohesion, recruiting and retention, and family readiness.
The press release states there will be “control meausures” to protect privacy, but reminds us that DADT is still the law.
Absent more details, I have a few questions:
1. What constitutes “control measures” in this case? We just have to take their word for it that it’s secure? I have zero confidence in this inbox system after what occurred with the DADT survey, when a PIN could be used to take it multiple times.
2. What is to stop “ballot stuffing? If it’s completely anonymous and untraceable for security, wtf?
3. If each response is tied to an IP or other identifying information of the workstation, then a service member could be outed. Adding the time stamp of the inbox receipt could narrow ID further.
4. Now that the survey’s data has been compromised, is this the fallback way to receive feedback? Why is this needed to supplement the survey when there’s already one for service members and spouses? How is this going to be a more accurate representation of matters?
The Senate needs to vote on the Defense bill in September. We need to get the compromise DADT repeal legislation passed and implemented. And, DADT has to end. This is beyond ridiculous.