White Paper- September 20, 2012
The 1.4% Doctrine
By: William Campbell
The repeal of Don’t ask, don’t tell (DADT) in September of last year demonstrates the power of minority
politics to drive the levers of power in a country that finds itself increasingly disconnected from its
leaders. Congressional job approval has sunk to 13% since December 2010, as reported by
Gallup. According to a joint federal study released in March 2011, only 1.4% of the
population identifies itself with same-sex attraction, yet this amazingly small percentage
seems to possess a de facto litmus test on governing policy in the U. S. Moreover, the release
in April 2011 of a Department of Defense Inspector General (DoD IG) report shows the fractured process
that led to the repeal and highlights the need for a strategic countereffort.
CRWG Report: Perception vs. Reality
The Inspector General report centers on the Comprehensive Review Working Group
Draft Report (CRWG) and the circumstances around its disclosure. It was ordered by Secretary
Gates after the release of selected information to the Washington Post that was then used
to spin the word “mixed” in a pro-repeal way. The Post story stated that the majority impact
of repeal as viewed by the military would be positive, mixed, or nonexistent. The IG reported
that early evidence suggested that someone with a “strong” emotional attachment was responsible
for leaking the fabricated figure of 70% to the Washington Post.That figure, according
to the report, combined mixed respondents who surveyed at 32.1 % for inclusion in the 70%. Further it
states that the leaker could “have combined four results categories from the 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” (see table 1).
Table 1: Response to Survey Question
Obviously mixed is not neutral but the leaker did not see it that way. This seemingly
collusionary element of the Washington Post story communicated falsehood that the majority
favored repeal, thus enabling the deception.
The 70 percent disclosure is part of a collage of leaks that are becoming more apparent.
concerning the flawed process that led to the 70 percent junk outcome. Meanwhile 96 of the 101
individuals who had access to the report prior to its release have all denied under oath leaking the
information. Congress should subpoena the 5 who have not given statements (see Appendix A).
Bizarre Actor: Jeh Johnson
The formation of the basic tenor and narrative of the CRWG Executive Summary was primarily
authored by Jeh Johnson, despite the involvement and contribution of others. Appointed
as a co-chair of the CRWG, Mr. Johnson was responsible for a number of disclosures that are
highlighted in the report. The probable inception of the seventy percent figure can be found in a
October 7, 2010 memorandum he provided as an “update” within ten days from the conclusion of the
survey. As noted above, there seems to be no scientific reason behind the methodology employed to
come up with this seventy percent number. Four times the Inspector General Report states
that “We identified no evidence that the Secretary of Defense (authorized or approved) ……” in
connection with a disclosure Mr. Johnson enabled. Likewise there is his bizarre (on or about)
July 4th, 2010 meeting where he disclosed early draft information to a former news anchor prior to
Service members receiving the survey . As the primary legal counsel for the DoD, Mr. Johnson’s
disclosure is even more troubling since he must have been aware of the 1st amendment
immunities that journalist often enjoy.
Countereffort: Federal and State
A new administration should use the IG report as the basis for an executive order to repair
the damage. This should require (a) frequent health checks of homosexuals based on the
CDC designated “high risk” group and (b) bi –monthly security checks. A reversal effort should
include a military directive to tolerate those who disagree with homosexual conduct and make transfer
allowances that do not adversely impact future promotion. The executive order should include
enhanced security clearance criteria for those in the at risk group.
State legislatures should establish competing state endorsed entities that reestablish homosexual
behavior as a psychopathology to neutralize the American Psychiatric Association monopoly on DSM
classifications. Once states have established their own standards and endorse/license psychiatrists to
diagnose and treat the disorder, the Pentagon will recognize the renewed classification criteria.
Manning Incident Irony
Those who are not convinced of the security risk posed by the repeal of DADT
should inquire of a statistician why a representative of the 1.4 percent
happened to be the causal factor that gave material support to the WikiLeaks meltdown.*
While the damage caused is still being assessed, news reports indicate approximately
250,000 records were leaked by Bradley Manning. The Army intelligence analyst, who had
access to classified cables, was transferred to Fort Leavenworth in April, 2011. The politically
correct minority nevertheless in December 2010 were able to ram the repeal of DADT through
a lame duck congress while the Manning incident was still front and center. Any cursory review of
open source posts Manning had written would have immediately raised red flags. According to
Frontline his homosexual status was readably transparent on Facebook. His supervisor worried he
was “a risk” before he was posted overseas to begin work in intelligence. The question of
whether security was overridden by a lax culture of pc activism should be reviewed by Congress.
It is ironic that had the pre-1993 law been in place, Bradley Manning would not have been eligible
to serve in the military and thus compromise national security.
Conclusion: Moving the Rubicon
Congressional oversight should establish what role a culture of collusion had for the repeal
of DADT. Secretary Gates frustration at the events surrounding the leak and the investigation
by the Inspector General have begun the process of accountability necessary to ensure
future security. While the 1.4% have a disproportionate amount of power, a countereffort which
implements the above outlined steps, will offer an effective remedy to their ability to maintain
* Though correlation does not inevitably mean causation, the correlation should not be automatically dismissed.
Points for Congressional Inquiry
1. Was the CRWG Executive Summary portion pre-programmed?
2. What links exist or existed between the social corporation retained for the survey
and the DoD, media, and others?
3. Was Jeh Johnson’s “sharing” in conformity with the access controls established?
4. It appears a culture of collusion led to a systemic disregard for security since it is
evident mistakes were not made but the record indicates they were enabled by design.
5. Explanation of the process that led to the 70% figure in the October 7, 2010 memorandum
Jeh Johnson provided.
William Campbell is an American writer, the son of the Pulitzer Prize nominee Thomas Campbell.
 Michael Medved, “Does it matter if only 1.4% of people are gay,” USA Today, May 24, 2011.
 Although the person responsible for the leak has not yet been identified,
5 of the 101 not interviewed by the I.G. all worked in the White House.
 The Inspector General (IG) report notes that e-mails from the Washington Post suggested that the source was not a “disinterested party.” P.20.
 IG Report, p.15.
 IG Report, P. 5-6.
 IG Report, P. 5.
 George Washington’s operational standard should be normative i.e. someone who adheres to Washington’s ethics should not be damaged. The George Washington papers, March 14, 1778, Library of Congress.