DESTROYED LIVES SIMPLY “MISCONDUCT”
VA “MURDERERS” AND THEIR SUPPORTERS GO UNPUNISHED
By Gordon Duff STAFF WRITER
The Detroit office, alone admits 16000 “existing” pieces of unopened mail. TELL THE TRUTH. Veterans applications, supporting documents, dependents filings, appeals and other documents absolutely vital to the lives and welfare of veterans and their families have been burned by the millions at offices all over the country.
Every service organization has known this. It has been whispered about for years. Destroying veteran’s documents has been an unwritten policy meant to keep down benefit and processing costs. Veterans, dumb enough to follow the “Swift Boat” liars and give awards to candidates who close facilities and cut benefits were thought so stupid as to never open their mouths, no matter what was done to them. Veterans made themselves easy targets. With no real lobby in DC, money earmarked for veterans builds “bridges to nowhere” and pays for invisible “no bid” hospitals in Iraq.
MILLIONS TO LOBBY FOR $600 HAMMERS, NOTHING FOR VETERANS
With no real voice in Washington, except 2 GOP controlled organizations, the American Legion and VFW, destroying veterans lives, the real product of a massive conspiracy, didn’t even require a coverup. It was the GOP that underfunded the VA under Bush, during wartime but got full support of the VFW and Legion.
Counting “misplaced” documents is not justice. The VA, through these policies has brought on an American holocaust, reaping death and destruction on veterans and their families with no attempt to bring the criminals to justice. Counting the dead, the homeless and the emotionally crushed at the hands of this conspiracy could take years. When are we going to start? Why have we waited this long?
VETERAN ABUSE IS A WAR CRIME
Should crimes against American veterans be taken to an International Tribunal if nothing is done here? Our veterans are as much victims of war atrocity as anyone in Bosnia, Rwanda or Darfur. Picture every piece of “mail” as a family on the street, children in poverty and malnutrition or a suicide. If you think this isn’t happening, its time you started looking around you.
VA RETALIATION AGAINST ‘WHISTLEBLOWERS’: SILENCE AT GUNPOINT
VA employee’s themselves, who may choose to speak up would be retaliated against and could even face prosecution by Bush Justice Department officials or investigation by the FBI. There was no length the government wouldn’t go to when it came to making sure that VA employees would never reach the media. Look at the damage 2 Washington Post reporters did at Walter Reed. Can you imagine what any real investigation of the VA would turn up?
A full administrative, Congressional, Justice Department and GAO review of all reports of VA abuse and the retaliation against those who risked their lives and freedom to save our veterans deserves a full investigation. There may be thousands of VA employees out there, some deserving Medals of Honor for heroism, many deserving prison. We can’t wait for God to sort them out.
It is time to empower a grand jury in every Federal jurisdiction.
Nothing the VA has done for years has been credible, into the Reagan Administration, at least. Every physical, every appeal, every finding has to be reopened. The destruction of documents is only the current scandal. Every claim in the system or denied earlier has the stench of fraud, coverup and lies at the hands of the VA on it.
Every appeal denied, and every appeal is denied, is a violation of Civil Rights and Equal Protection under the Constitution. Veterans have become the most hated and abused minority since the Apaches.
Do veterans all have to join the Communist party or become atheists before the ACLU will notice them?
For years, medical care has been withheld, tests falsified and veterans have been allowed to die of diseases that were diagnosed but never treated. Friends working in VA facilities regularly reported that test results were left out of patients records on a regular basis or even falsified. Many test samples were simply discarded and tests never run.
With the ability to destroy, mutilate, falsify, hack or delete anything, all with impunity from oversite by Congress and the GAO, the VA has simply run amok.
VA SPENDING: SHOVELING MONEY INTO A HOLE WITH NO BOTTOM
With billions spent on buildings, treatment, compensation and employee expenses and absolutely no accountability to any authority for where money actually goes or what is accomplished, every cent spent, every billion allocated, is potential waste.
There is no reliable measure of value or quality when every record is suspect. No VA facility can prove that any statistic or report given is free of falsified data. With no accountability, we have no idea whatsoever regarding the management quality of the largest medical organization on Earth.
OUR “ATTENTION DEFICIT” NEWS, HAND MAIDENS TO CORRUPTION
Once a report of abuse in one office hits a newspaper, as it had in Detroit, news organizations lose interest immediately unless there is a potential “spin” that will serve their political masters. Independent news in America died with Watergate.
Few investigations go further than the superficial. Investigative reporters who show the tenacity of Woodward and Bernstein have, over the past few years, had an unlucky streak. Ask Gary Webb or Mike Ruppert or Mark Lombardi among the dozens of others silenced.
Anyone who doesn’t think digging to deep can get a child run over on the way to school or cause a mysterious illness or suicide lives in a statistical Disneyland.
IF THEY CAN DESTROY MILLIONS OF RECORDS OF VETERANS, WHAT ELSE CAN THEY DO?
Could our government invade a country based on falsified intelligence? Could food, utility, gasoline, insurance and other costs all be “fixed” by industries acting in concert covered by powerful friends in Washington?
Could our financial system be looted of hundreds of billions of dollars or more with government regulators openly helping the criminals?
Could our military become a branch of a political party, becoming openly involved in elections and illegally lobbying for a foreign policy supporting continual war?
Has crime become so inherently a part of our government that band aids are considered solutions and everyone has given up, either out of fear or hopelessness?
The VA forgets veterans even before our school books have a chance to fictionalize the wars they served in.
What chance do veterans do have when foreign dictators with gold, diamonds or oil, can buy more influence in our own government than our own heroes long disenfranchised by service organizations, some of which are controlled by entrenched DC bureaucrats or political extremists?
Gordon Duff is a Marine combat veteran and regular contributor on political and social issues.