On the stand today at DADT trial, Servicemember United’s Alex Nicholson

UPDATE @12:42 PM: Servicemembers United issued a press release about Alex’s testimony. Here’s his quote:

“I am especially honored to be the lead veteran witness in this case and to have the opportunity to represent all gay and lesbian troops and veterans on the witness stand today at this very important and historic trial,” said Alexander Nicholson, Executive Director of Servicemembers United and a former U.S. Army interrogator who was discharged under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” “This unnecessary and bigoted law has caused untold harm to each and every person who has served under it, and that, in turn, has harmed the quality and readiness of our armed forces.”

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Via Karen Ocamb:

On Tuesday, Nicholson will face another test of honor and courage. But this time, in District Court in Riverside, California, he will be challenged to hold his own on the witness stand against the very government he joined the Army to defend in 2001. After Nicholson became an honorary member of the Log Cabin Republican Club of Georgia in 2006 (see the declaration of Jamies Ensley [pdf] who recruited him), he became central to the Log Cabins’ then two-year old case against the United States of America to prove that the DADT law passed by Congress is unconstitutional. Nicholson’s discharge under DADT gives LCR standing to bring the case.

If last week’s behavior by the Justice Department lawyers is an indication of how he will be treated – it will be a grueling day.

Karen’s post notes two key things: 1) The DOJ’s lawyers are being particularly aggressive towards the witnesses; and 2) the seeming lack of interest in this trial from the LGBT community.

That second point raises this question from Karen:

What does it say about the real principles of the LGBT movement for equality that no one but three local LGBT activists, a couple of Log Cabin members from Palm Springs and a handful of reporters showed up for part one of this trial?

LCR is posting the transcripts of the trial here. But, Ocamb, who has been at the trial, notes:

transcripts don’t do justice, as it were, to the arrogance of the DOJ attorneys.

That info. alone should be provoking more interest from the LGBT community.


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