VA CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS OF PATIENTS VIOLATES FEDERAL LAWS
HIPA – HEALTH INFORMATION PRIVACY ACT PROHIBITS USE OF MEDICAL RECORDS AND SPYING
By Gordon Duff STAFF WRITER
Recently, the VA has begun prosecuting patients, often those with serious delusional disorders, for "lying" during exams. If "lying" and "delusion" don’t mean the same thing, I will eat my hat. What next, arresting amputees for limping?
Last week, we caught the VA using a "spy van" in Los Angeles. When questioned, the VA regional director admitted to ordering surveillance of patients as a normal part of VA routine. Does this include wire tapping and break in’s? We don’t know yet but we are concerned. We do know patients involved with progressive veterans groups are being video taped and followed by undercover police. We have photographs that have been seen nationally. BUSTED!
The doctor/patient relationship is a matter of trust. How can any veteran go to a VA health care facility when they now know that they can be jailed based on what they tell their doctor in confidence. This violates every federal law and medical ethic in the country.
How can the VA complain about funding shortfalls when they manage to fund suveillance vans and undercover operatives used to follow vets around, filming their every move?
Prosecutions of veterans by the VA is, frankly, illegal. Not only is the VA prohibited in using patient information in criminal prosecutions but they have no authority or authorization to interact with any law enforcement agency when they believe they have been misinformed.
There are real concerns of fraud against the VA. One fo their own employees, working in concert with a regional DAV office in Kentucky, is accused of stealing nearly 2 million dollars. Medical files were falsified by a VA employee working with a DAV service rep who was "shaking down" veterans for their disability checks. 14 have been arrested in this so far.
Now, it seems, veterans like "whistleblower" Keith Roberts, doing 48 months for making "inaccurate statements" to the VA while in the process of fighting with them for fraudulently altering his records, is joined by other vets who are similarly being prosecuted.
Simply put, the VA can deny a claim. They can deny it for fraud. They can’t start criminal investigations on veterans who are in the middle of appeals process.
How can a veteran fight against a bureaucracy that can send him to prison the second they get sick of him complaining about being cheated?
How can a veteran defend themselves from criminal charges when:
1. The VA cuts off their income without cause
2. The VA controls their records and destroys or adds what they please
3. The veteran is physically or mentally ill and incapable of defending themselves adequately
4. Federal laws are openly violated regarding DVA procedures and the courts could care less. The deck is totally stacked with Reich wing appointees who always side against the veteran.
5. Prosecutions are started by VA employees who are not trained in criminal investigation, nor do they have authority or do they function within ethical and accountable guidelines of normal "sworn" agencies. Many cases reek of retaliation.
The love affair between mainstream veterans groups, the DVA and the courts to keep veterans in their place and cover up wrongdoing is decades old.
As long as veterans don’t support their own and choose to follow, lockstep, behind the groups that fight against their own rights, they can only hope they aren’t singled out for prison next.
Best simply keep quiet, and say nothing.
Is this the new "American way?"
Gordon Duff is a Marine combat veteran and regular contributor on political and social issues.
Gordon Duff posted articles on VT from 2008 to 2022. He is a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War. A disabled veteran, he worked on veterans and POW issues for decades.
Gordon is an accredited diplomat and is generally accepted as one of the top global intelligence specialists. He manages the world’s largest private intelligence organization and regularly consults with governments challenged by security issues.
Duff has traveled extensively, is published around the world, and is a regular guest on TV and radio in more than “several” countries. He is also a trained chef, wine enthusiast, avid motorcyclist, and gunsmith specializing in historical weapons and restoration. Business experience and interests are in energy and defense technology.