yesterday about a decorated Army Arabic linguist who was kicked out for being gay. Among other questions posed to him by an Army investigator attempting to confirm his gayness, Sgt. Bleu Copas of the 82nd Airborne Division says he was asked if he was involved in community theater.
I called the Army yesterday and asked: Did someone really
ask about Sgt. Copas' involvement community theater? Is that question standard for homosexuality investigations?
"Asking about involvement in community theater is not a standard question," Lt. Col. Bryan Hilferty emailed this morning in response. Hilferty, a senior public affairs official for the Army, added:
"I expect that that question was not actually asked, but there are more than one million Soldiers in the Army and at my level we work Army policy, not specific cases, so I know nothing about this particular case."
So Hilferty doesn't know and shows no desire to find out. If that attitude had been applied to Copas' situation, perhaps I would find it refreshing. As it is, I'm a bit surprised: did the Army just call their former decorated Arabic linguist a liar?
Maybe it's time to talk with Mr. Copas himself.