Lt. Dan Choi and Captain Jim Pietrangelo Subpoena President Obama Over White House ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Arrests

Lt. Dan Choi and Captain Jim Pietrangelo have subpoenaed President Obama in their trial over civil disobedience charges surrounding their arrests for chaining themselves to the White House fence on March 18

The subpoena seeks to compel the testimony of President Obama who has, on several occasions as President and Commander in Chief called on the LGBT community to “pressure” him to change the DADT law and policy, thus allowing gay service members to serve their country openly and honorably.

The subpoena of the President is necessary for the defense to prove that Defendants were following and obeying lawful orders or directives by their President and Commander in Chief, and were therefore under an obligation and authority to act as they did in order to pressure him – in a non-violent, visible way – on this important public issue. In addition, these statements support the contention that Defendants were acting out of necessity, in order to prevent discrimination and greater harm to gay service members now serving.

It probably won’t happen.  After all Presidents have successfully refused to answer even Congressional subpoenas, but there’s nothing wrong with Dan and (cutie) Jim’s symbolic attempt. After all, it wasn’t the fence around the White House that they were protesting.

And for those of you who continue even after these past two years to be Obama apologist remember it is NOT only Congress that is the problem The problem is to be found at the desk where the famous sign owned by Harry Truman once rested:

“The buck stops here.”

About Will Kohler

Will Kohler is one of America's best known LGBT historians, He is also a a accredited journalist and the owner of A longtime gay activist Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced on such notable media venues as BBC News, CNN, MSNBC, The Washington Post, The Daily Wall Street Journal, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story. Back2Stonewall has been recently added to the Library of Congress' LGBTQ+ Studies Web Archive. Mr. Kohler is available for comment, interviews and lectures on LGBT History. Contact:

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