You’ve got to be fucking kidding:
After discharging 60 Arabic language translators for being gay, the military is now forced to rely on a translating machine that has not been fully tested, according to the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
NIST researchers are evaluating a prototype, real-time, two-way translation systems for the Defense Advance Research Projects Agency (DARPA), point out that wartime military patrols and civilian encounters can be especially dangerous if neither group understands the other’s language.
Servicemember’s Legal Defense Network honcho Steve Ralls remarks, “The military is placing homophobia well ahead of national security.”
They might as well give terrorists plane tickets and send them on their way…