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CorpGovActivist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-13-07 10:51 PM
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General Peter Pace Violates Truman Executive Order Finding
Edited on Tue Mar-13-07 10:53 PM by CorpGovActivist
Next summer, America celebrates the 60th anniversary of the bold act by a Commander-in-Chief who actually saw combat, and who had the guts to issue an order and expect the General Staff to implement it.

- Dave

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EXECUTIVE ORDER 9981

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Establishing the President's Committee on Equality of Treatment and Opportunity In the Armed Forces.

WHEREAS it is essential that there be maintained in the armed services of the United States the highest standards of democracy, with equality of treatment and opportunity for all those who serve in our country's defense:

NOW THEREFORE, by virtue of the authority vested in me as President of the United States, by the Constitution and the statutes of the United States, and as Commander in Chief of the armed services, it is hereby ordered as follows:

1. It is hereby declared to be the policy of the President that there shall be equality of treatment and opportunity for all persons in the armed services without regard to race, color, religion or national origin. This policy shall be put into effect as rapidly as possible, having due regard to the time required to effectuate any necessary changes without impairing efficiency or morale.

2. There shall be created in the National Military Establishment an advisory committee to be known as the President's Committee on Equality of Treatment and Opportunity in the Armed Services, which shall be composed of seven members to be designated by the President.

3. The Committee is authorized on behalf of the President to examine into the rules, procedures and practices of the Armed Services in order to determine in what respect such rules, procedures and practices may be altered or improved with a view to carrying out the policy of this order. The Committee shall confer and advise the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of the Army, the Secretary of the Navy, and the Secretary of the Air Force, and shall make such recommendations to the President and to said Secretaries as in the judgment of the Committee will effectuate the policy hereof.

4. All executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government are authorized and directed to cooperate with the Committee in its work, and to furnish the Committee such information or the services of such persons as the Committee may require in the performance of its duties.

5. When requested by the Committee to do so, persons in the armed services or in any of the executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government shall testify before the Committee and shall make available for use of the Committee such documents and other information as the Committee may require.

6. The Committee shall continue to exist until such time as the President shall terminate its existence by Executive order.

Harry Truman

The White House
July 26, 1948
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-13-07 11:01 PM
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1. Nice. I assume this order hasn't been overturned - yet. How'd they
miss it?
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SpudStateDem Donating Member (26 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-13-07 11:31 PM
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2. Maybe I'm Slow Tonight...
...but how did Pace violate that Executive Order? That's the one that integrated the military with respect to race. (And I still wonder why President Clinton didn't just issue a similar one for gays and lesbians when he got into office, and stand behind it.)
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Kagemusha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-13-07 11:36 PM
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3. Uh hello, sexual orientation isn't one of the categories there.
It's legal for the military to discriminate against gays. Where intelligent human beings disagree is about whether this is wrong and immoral.
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