Vital Signs

Ending "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

If you want to know why it isn’t a bright idea to permit homosexuals to serve openly in the military, consider the subject of “snorkeling.”

That, according to The Atlantic, was one of Rep. Eric Massa’s occupation specialties as a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy.  You might have heard of Mr. Massa.  He quit his job as U.S. representative for New York’s 29th congressional district after he was caught, figuratively speaking, chasing the guys in his office around his desk.  Massa had the same problem in the Navy.  As The Atlantic reported it:

According to Peter Clarke, a Navy shipmate, Massa was notorious for making unwanted advances toward subordinates. . . .

Clarke says that Massa’s roommate, Tom Maxfield, was also assaulted.  “Tom lived on upper bunk,” Clarke say [sic].  “When you’re on ship, you’re almost exhausted 24-7.  So a lot of times you sleep with your uniform on.  Tom and Massa shared a stateroom together.  Massa climbed up on the top of his bunk, which is hard to do—you never crawl up on somebody else’s bunk.  He wakes up to Massa undoing his pants trying to snorkel him.” . . .

Massa’s shipmates didn’t turn him in for fear that he would retaliate.


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