By Gordon Duff STAFF WRITER/Senior Editor
Is Brentwood, city made famous by O.J. Simpson, the meanest town in America? Vets think so, homeless vets, thousands of them. Behind the million dollar ceremonial gate, built with veterans funds, a gate meant to “beautify” the ugliness of Brentwood, is a 364 acre tract belonging to California’s homeless veterans, land they will never live to see. Land meant for homeless vets is used by the Brentwood Academy, kids of the rich and infamous play there. Millionaires walk their dogs there, no scoopers or bags needed. Pretty-much everyone wants the vets locked out and a public park built, a park serving wealthy Brentwood for those who want relief from the hectic pace at the country club.
LOS ANGELES CEREMONIAL GATE
“SPECIAL TREATMENT” FOR HOMELESS VETS
For years now, every Sunday, veterans of 5 wars, or is it 6, protest. The enemy, those blocking the veterans from the emergency shelter so badly needed are known and not known. Donna Beiter is not a name well know, someone paid generously to look after the Brentwood rich and famous. She is doing that job with admirable skill. Everyone knows Congressman Henry Waxman. They also know Nancy Pelosi and Barbara Boxer. However, the other names are some of the richest and most powerful in America, local residents in love with their neighborhood and willing to go to any length including exerting their extremely powerful influence in Washington, to keep thousands of veterans living and sleeping on the streets.
Up to 20,000 veterans of recent conflicts have killed themselves, many because of homelessness.
An endless series of shadowy front organizations such as the Veterans Park Conservency whose answer to homelessness and suicide is “contemplation” are the attractive public face on the ugliness of Brentwood. Helping them are VA police, FBI, Homeland Security, a “certain” federal judge, the Los Angeles US Attorney and a formerly Detroit based billionaire developer reputed to have very strong ties to organized crime.
Each week, the veterans land is used for something new, a wine tasting, an anti-American demonstration by Iranian terrorists, if I were only kidding or an “invitation only” charity fundraiser. The photos of homeless vets sleeping along the fence, outside the “ceremonial gate” have been published so many times across the country they are hardly worth the ink.
Veterans groups, political parties, TV, newspapers have all come out on this scandal but with this much money, reputedly over a billion dollars of land in the balance, nothing is done. VA Secretary Shensiki, even when approached by the American Legion, has been silent. This group has that much power. These aren’t ordinary Americans, not by a long shot. Brentwood is above the law, any law, they own the law.
Are things really this bad? What Americans would be so heartless and unpatriotic? The gang in Brentwood owns movie studios, TV networks, insurance companies and can trade members of congress like baseball cards. After two years of whistle blowers, financial scandals pushed under the rug and a clear indication that state, local and federal officials are totally complicit, while veterans are dying, yes dying, every day, it is time to step up.
How many dead veterans make a holocaust? Should a few of our VA officials and their community friends carry the well deserved name of “kapo?”