How Did the VA Get Active Duty Records?
The Big Question the Media Isn't Asking
There is ABSOLUTELY NO REASON for the VA to possess active military records.
None. And yet now we discover that the mysterious "VA employee" who just
happened to have access to 26 million or so vets' personal info also had
over personal records on over 2 million ACTIVE military personnel. Why the
hell has no one in the White House press corps - or anywhere else in
mainstream media lalaland, for that matter - asked WHY the VA has over 2
million active duty records, and how and why could any VA employee have
accessed this info. Does NO ONE in the press have even enough brain cells to
compute the simple equation: Veterans Administration = veterans....as in
discharged, non-active-duty soldiers.
What is troubling is the WHY. The only motive I can fathom for the VA to be
collecting this info is as a "preemptive strike." As in who to ... with in
the future (for ex., as in whose records to ”lose” – one of the common ploys
preventing recently discharged soldiers from accessing benefits). As it
stands, the DAV says that at least one-third of all veteran claims are now
wrongfully denied benefits - of those that actually make it through the
two-year bottleneck to a final decision.
Or it could be that the Bush administration is having this info collected on
the sly to add to GOP mailing/phoning lists, since the active military will
be under closer scrutiny in 2004 and 2008 than they have been (officers were
caught pressuring soldiers into voting for Bush in 2004). And these are just
the most benign reasons I can think of. Whatever the reason the VA may have
for possessing this info, you can bet your arse it ain't strictly legal!!
But I find it highly interesting that the VA employee just happened to take
BOTH sets of records home with him. Was he performing some sort of activity
- one that whoever supplied him with the records didn't want him to perform
at his office under danger of scrutiny? And isn't it just a little bit too
coincidental that this was the night his computer was stolen.