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Kagan: 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Policy is 'Unwise and Unjust'


Senator Jeff Sessions, as predicted, aggressively went after Elena Kagan and her position, while Dean at Harvard, opposing military recruiters because allowing them went against the school's non-discrimination policy.

Sessions started out with Kagan and DADT.

Said Kagan: "Senator Sessions I have repeatedly said that I believe that the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy is unwise and unjust. I believed it then and I believe it now. And we were trying to do two things. We were trying to make sure that military recruiters had full and complete access to our students, but we were also trying to protect our own anti-discrimination policy, and to protect the students whom the policy is supposed to protect, which in this case were our gay and lesbian students."

Later, Sessions got into the military recruiting issue.

Said Kagan: "I'm confident that the military had access to our students and students had access to our military throughout my deanship, and that's incredibly important. [The only issue was that the recruiting was done through a campus veterans' organization, rather than through the school's Office of Career Services.]  This was a balance for the law school. On the one hand, we wanted to make absolutely sure our students had access to the military at all times, but we did have a very longstanding, going back to the 1970s, antidiscrimination policy."

Sessions later accused Kagan of "punishing the military."

Watch a couple of clips, AFTER THE JUMP...

There's plenty more to the exchange between Kagan and Sessions, but here's more that came a bit later following repeated attacks at Kagan by Sessions:

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  1. Sessions is simply showing himself to be a Republican bigot hack! The more of them that t expose this disgusting part of themselves to the nation, the more we will get the fools out of office sooner than later. It amazes me still that BLATANT discrimination is being defended by conservative Senators and Congressmen, and they are patting themselves proudly on their backs for it. I just wish for once they would substitute 'jewish' or 'black' or any other minority group name in their bigoted tirades, so they can hear it for what it is... it's DISCRIMINATION, assholes, DISCRIMINATION. Still so damn proud of yourselves?

    Posted by: CKNJ | Jun 29, 2010 12:16:54 PM

  2. he is one of the good old boys just missing the white hood. the man is a total bigot. the repuks keep trying to go back to the good old days. they have lost all sense of being force for progress and civil rights.

    Posted by: walter | Jun 29, 2010 12:22:57 PM

  3. Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III and his other Rethug hacks spent an awful lot of time in Kagan's hearing yesterday trashing the legacy of Thurgood Marshall, so nothing from him surprises me. One hundred or two hundred years from now, whose name will children most likely come across in US history books? I most sincerely hope it'll be Marshall and not Sessions.

    Posted by: MrRoboto | Jun 29, 2010 12:29:30 PM

  4. Sessions was nominated for a federal judge ship in the late 80s and was rejected because some of his past racial-discriminatory misgivings. It's personal.

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Jun 29, 2010 2:06:58 PM

  5. I have so much respect for grandstanding senators named in part for a Confederate general. Disgraceful. SMH.

    Posted by: Austin | Jun 29, 2010 3:21:54 PM

  6. I watched Kagan this morning and she was cooooool. Sessions, on the other hand, might have had a stroke if he would have been up any longer.

    Posted by: kansastock | Jun 29, 2010 3:48:55 PM

  7. He makes me feel ashamed to be an Alabamian. Thankfully, I live in New Jersey now!

    Posted by: Trev | Jun 30, 2010 1:15:13 AM

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