Tuesday, June 29

Jeff Sessions Doesn't Know Squat about Elena Kagan

Wherein Sen Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III claims "We know what happened at Harvard and Military Recruitment" and proves yet again, that he doesn't know squat!

And Beauregard doesn't know squat probably because he's been listening to Faux News.

Here are the facts:

CLAIM: Kagan supported a "controversial wartime ban on campus military recruitment." During a recap of the first day of Kagan's confirmation hearings, Fox News chief political correspondent Carl Cameron claimed that "as dean of the Harvard Law School, she made headlines" for "supporting a controversial wartime ban on campus military recruitment."

FACT: Harvard students had access to military recruiters during Kagan's entire tenure as dean.
Throughout Kagan's tenure as dean, Harvard law students had access to military recruiters -- either through Harvard's Office of Career Services or through the Harvard Law School Veterans Association. Kagan became dean of Harvard Law in June 2003. In accordance with Harvard's pre-existing nondiscrimination policy, she barred the school's Office of Career Services (OCS) from working with military recruiters for the spring 2005 semester after the U.S Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit ruled that law schools could legally do so. During that one semester, students still had access to military recruiters via the Harvard Law School Veterans Association. During the fall 2005 semester, after the Bush administration threatened to revoke Harvard's federal funding, Kagan once again granted military recruiters access to OCS.

FACT: Military recruitment continued throughout Kagan's tenure at Harvard.
The notion that military recruitment was banned during Kagan's tenure is contradicted by data Media Matters obtained from Harvard Law School's public information officer, which indicated that graduates entered the military during each year Kagan served as dean. Moreover, the prohibition on Harvard Law's OCS working with military recruiters existed only during the spring 2005 semester, meaning that it could only have affected the classes of 2005, 2006, and 2007. However, the number of graduates from each of those classes who entered the military was equal to or greater than the number who entered the military from any of Harvard's previous five classes.

So Elena Kagan didn't "ban Military Recruiting at Harvard" - just reinstated a ban from their access to one office affecting the law school because the military doesn't comply with their non-discrimination policy. They only did then - WHEN THE COURT OF APPEALS SAID THEY COULD - not just one a whim. Harvard Students never lost access to Military Recruiters, they just had to go through a different office -- just like gays in the military who have to pretend they're Eunichs. Seems fitting to me, but it was only because the Bush Administration threatened to pull ALL FEDERAL FUNDING, not just from the Law School which actualy didnt receive any Federal funding, but from the Medical School which had nothing to do with the issue, did Harvard reinstate Military Recruitment in the OCS offices.   In fact, there were more Harvard graduates who joined the Military during Kagan's tenure than in previous years.


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