The military has had problems with homosexuality over the years. In 1919, they knew they had to act as soon as they learned that such activities were taking place in the YMCA of the Navy. Wait, seriously? Yes, in the YMCA of the Navy. They somehow combined the two remarkable songs of Village People.
There would have been transvestites, and even sodomy pure and simple. To solve this problem, Deputy Secretary of the Navy, Franklin D. Roosevelt, ordered an investigation, involving personnel entering and seducing the men. And check cocaine use and look for sex workers, but these pieces were quickly abandoned for the benefit of men who seduce men.
You might assume that this would imply that an attractive officer smiles at a suspect, forces him to verbally ask for the forbidden sex, and immediately gives him handcuffs. This is not what happened during the Newport Sex Sting. Instead, the navy was instructed to actually have sex with the suspects. As in the orgasms of both parties, sometimes followed by a whole night in the arms of the other.
The navy managed to bring 17 cases, but things went awry when they tried to expand the operation to trap civilians. These civilians were all acquitted and the navy was humiliated when their tactics were made public. The Providence newspaper, in particular, attacks FDR, which has just become the candidate for the vice-presidency of the Democrats in 1920. Their criticisms continued throughout the campaign, until, at the eve of elections, FDR continues the newspaper for $ 500,000. It ended up being destroyed during the elections, a Senate report affirming his guilt and the prosecution never reached the courts.
Incidentally, all the men who went underground during this operation were totally heterosexual, according to the Navy’s official story. After all, they were content to receive oral sex and were always in the lead of anal sex. They were honest straight men who were involved in gay sex under the pretext of enforcing the law, as in this episode of South Park. The Navy even offered them a eulogy for their “zeal”.