Jeh Johnson, the Washington insider President Obama has nominated to succeed Janet Napolitano as the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, is credited by Politico with being “at the forefront of the push to end the military’s ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy,” co-authoring “a report that demonstrated the effect of allowing gay men and women to openly serve would cause little disruption.”
But according to a Department of Defense Inspector General’s report on the campaign to force homosexuality on America’s military, from which it had been banned for centuries, Johnson probably did much more that be “at the forefront.”
Federal documents suggest he was aware that statistics were being manipulated to convince Congress to repeal the ban on open homosexuality in the military. At the least, he kept silent when figures supporting his argument, which he knew to be inaccurate, were being reported by media.
Now he’s been nominated for the top spot at DHS just as highly controversial legislation is coming before Congress to grant amnesty to tens of millions of illegal immigrants.
Once again, statistics will play an important rule, including the number of illegal aliens who would be granted amnesty and how much it will cost American taxpayers.
The controversy involving Johnson and Obama’s campaign to open the U.S. military to homosexuals developed like this: According to a July 2010 Defense Department Inspector General report, Johnson leaked to a former news anchor an early draft of the executive summary of a survey on homosexuality in the military by the Comprehensive Review Working Group studying the issue.
The IG report said the news anchor, who provided some editing advice as a “personal favor,” testified: ‘I was very pleased that finally the United States was getting around to this idea [repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,'], and I was struck by how many members of the United States Armed Services thought this was just fine.’”
In short, Johnson was preparing the conclusion of the survey before the members of the military even were given the questions.
The Center for Military Readiness said in a report that the revelation that Johnson was “polishing his pro-repeal executive summary in July (when the survey didn’t get handed out until August] clearly indicates that the CRWG was going to claim repeal would have no negative impact – no matter what the official survey responses said.”
Subsequent developments have never been fully explained, at least partly because the IG didn’t question five people connected to the White House who, according to the IG report, were involved with the survey.
A still-unidentified source leaked to the media that the survey found “70 percent” of the nation’s military members believed the repeal of the long-standing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” practice of allowing homosexuals to serve as long as they kept their sexual lifestyle choices to themselves would have either “a neutral or positive impact on unit cohesion, readiness, effectiveness and morale.”
However, the IG, in documents uncovered by Elaine Donnelly of the Center for Military Readiness, revealed the actual figures for military members were: those who believed the change would impact units “very positively” (6.6 percent), “positively” (11.8 percent), “mixed” (32.1 percent), “negatively” (18.7 percent), “very negatively” (10.9 percent) and “no effect” (19.9 percent).
The only way the 70 percent figure can be reached is to combine “very positively,” “positively,” “mixed” and “no effect.” But the combination counts people with “neutral positions” as favoring the change, Donnelly argued.
Donnelly explained that taking those same figures and lumping them with “negatively” and “very negatively” would produce a total of almost 82 percent who believe the results of the change would be “negative or neutral.”
The IG report uncovered by Donnelly said exactly that:
We considered that the primary source’s likely pro-repeal sentiment was further demonstrated by his/her inclusion of the key 70 percent figure in the information provided to the Washington Post. … Had [the source] desired to further an anti-repeal bias for the article, he/she could likewise have combined four results categories from that same survey question to conclude that “82 percent of respondents said the effect of repealing the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy would be negative, mixed or no effect.”
Donnelly said bluntly: “Contrary to most news accounts, the ‘Comprehensive Review Working Group’ process was not a ‘study.’ Its purpose was to circumvent and neutralize military opposition to repeal of the law.”
She asserted the study “was a publicly funded pre-scripted production put on just for show.”
Donnelly wrote that the report, completed April 8, 2011, “reveals improper activities and deception that misled members of Congress in order ‘to gain momentum in support of a legislative change during the ‘lame duck’ session of Congress following the November 2, 2010, elections.’”
Johnson was “at the forefront” of that effort, according to Politico.
Asked about Johnson’s qualifications for the post at DHS, Donnelly said, “I don’t see his credentials that match the background of that job.”
She described him as a key Obama administration official, however, who likely is being asked to repeat his success in influencing Congress to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
As DHS secretary, she told WND, Johnson would be “in a position” to persuade Congress to pass an amnesty bill, just was he was able to “neutralize” military opposition to allowing openly declared homosexuals to serve.
She noted that the “gay” military plan had failed twice in Congress. It succeeded only after the inaccurate 70 percent figure was “leaked” and officials such as Johnson who had access to the survey results did nothing to correct it.
“When the misinformation was out there, he allowed it to stand,” she said. “The object was to create the illusion of support from military people for repeal.”
“I don’t think he can be trusted with national security,” she said, “He did not serve the military well. His primary interest was the president’s political goal.”
WND previously reported that the Thomas More Law Center went to court with a federal FOIA lawsuit against the military, seeking to obtain records that are expected to show intentional deception by the Pentagon “to gain congressional support for repeal of the 1993 law regarding open homosexual conduct in the military, usually called ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’”
The lawsuit was based on the IG report obtained by Donnelly, “which suggested that a distorted Pentagon study of homosexuals in the military was produced and leaked solely to persuade Congress to lift the ban on open homosexuality.”
In one side effect of the “gay” military fight that rebounded on the White House, a Senate committee, in an attempt to ensure the law conforms to the new policy, voted to repeal the ban in the military on bestiality, an issue that White House press secretary Jay Carney brushed off as unserious.
The Senate, however, quickly backtracked when its vote was revealed.