by Robert L. Rosebrock
LOS ANGELES – On August 29, U.S. District Judge S. James Otero entered a Federal Judgment against Eric Shinseki, the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and Donna Beiter, his executive director at the Los Angeles VA, for unlawful use of Veterans land.
Two weeks before Veterans Day, Mr. Shinseki’s Department Appealed the Judgment on behalf of nine illegal land occupiers, including the U.C. Board of Regents with UCLA’s ultra-modern baseball diamond, the wealthy and private Brentwood School’s state-of-the art athletic complex, an affluent and influential Brentwood homeowner group’s plan to build a public park “for the enjoyment of the entire community,” and Westside Breakers Soccer Club that turned MacArthur Field — named after the revered five-star General Douglas MacArthur and two-time recipient of the Medal of Honor — into a kid’s soccer field.
A Traitor in General’s Clothing
In 1962, Eric K. Shinseki was a Cadet at West Point and had the distinct privilege to personally hear the 82-year old General MacArthur deliver his legendary “Duty, Honor, Country” speech.
Eric K. Shinseki, a retired four-star General and graduate of West Point, incredulously shed his own distinguished military career and dove into the government’s cesspool of malfeasance, greed and corruption by prostituting the sacred grounds at the Los Angeles National Veterans Home for non-Veteran use.
Mr. Shinseki now wears the VA’s top bureaucratic uniform of mismanagement, dishonor and disloyalty as he has shamelessly betrayed tens of thousands of war-injured and impoverished Veterans as well as the American Taxpayer by using U.S. Attorneys to defend himself, again, on behalf of nine non-Veteran groups who hold illegal “sharing agreements” as he has defiantly Appealed the irrefutable Judgment.
And have we forgotten the full history of West Point?
In 1780, when General Benedict Arnold was Commander of the West Point fortification during the American Revolutionary War, he conspired with British General Henry Clinton to surrender one of America’s most strategic Military bases for 20,000 British pounds, which would be the equivalent of $3 million in today’s U.S. dollars.
Fortunately, vigilant Soldier of America’s Continental Army stopped Major John Andre, a British spy courier, and found a coded message in his boot from America’s General Arnold to the British’s General Clinton. Had Benedict Arnold succeeded in his traitorous act, it’s quite possible there would be no America … as we have known it.
Ironically, not since Benedict Arnold tried to surrender West Point to the enemy has there been such a treasonous act for such hallowed grounds, and against the very men and women who have defended America’s freedom and safety.
There’s a disgraceful parallel between General Benedict Arnold’s failed attempt to surrender West Point to the British and General Eric Shinseki’s successful surrendering of our Veterans land to non-Veteran organizations.
The difference between Gen. Eric Shinseki and Gen. Benedict Arnold is that Shinseki now makes Arnold look like a patriot.
Stern Rebuke by a Federal Judge and U.S. Congressman
Not only did a U.S. District Judge issue a stern rebuke against Defendants Shinseki and Beiter with his undisputable Federal Judgment, but U.S. Congressman Henry Waxman, whose District encompasses this largest VA in the nation where the illegal land deals were executed, also sent a letter to Secretary Shinseki directing him not to Appeal the Judgment.
Nevertheless, the renegade, self-serving and self-righteous Shinseki defied both the Judicial and Legislative Branches of our U.S. Government when he thumbed his nose at Congressman Waxman’s letter dated September 16, 2013, two weeks after the Judgment was handed down:
“Judge Otero’s decision was a stern rebuke of the VA’s interpretation of the “clear and unambiguous” language of the law. I believe the most constructive path the VA could take now would be to decline to spend resources on an appeal of the decision. I urge the VA instead to accept the decision as an opportunity to work to strengthen the programs that directly serve the needs of veterans on the West LA VA campus.”
Eric Shinseki not only betrayed the Judicial and Legislative Branches of our United States Government, but he has betrayed the men and women who defend our U.S. Constitution as well as the hard-working American Taxpayers who fund our Armed Forces to successfully defend our U.S. Constitution.
In sum, Mr. Shinseki has betrayed everyone and everything that is good about the United States of America, including his own oath of office to support and defend the U.S. Constitution.
Can he sink any lower?
Stern Rebuke by Veterans
On Sunday, Veterans drove more than 50 miles in all directions from the Los Angeles VA to participate in the 295th consecutive Sunday Rally of the Veterans Revolution and celebrate Veterans Day.
Leadership from the American Legion, AMVETS and Vietnam Veterans of America were in attendance.
Unfortunately, this celebration of Veterans Day to honor all fellow Veterans, particularly our homeless Veterans, turned into Judgment Day against a fellow Veteran whom Veterans actually believed would be the great savior of the revered and hallowed land at the Los Angeles National Veterans Home.
Aldo Dipre`, a 94-year old disabled World War II Veteran, rebuked the VA Secretary for not honoring the Federal Judgment and not accepting responsibility to evict all illegal occupants and begin building a new Home for homeless Veterans.
Hank Papeika, a feisty 86-year old World War II and Korean War Veteran, spared few words in condemning the retired four-star General and his selling out of Veterans to the wealthy and privileged private sector.
Hank not only called for Secretary Shinseki’s resignation, but demanded major investigations and the indictments and prosecution of everyone involved in what is unquestionably the biggest land fraud scandal in American history.
Hank, who attended the first Sunday Rally on March 9, 2008 and continues to attend, expressed complete disappointment in Secretary Shinseki by questioning: “Why would a four-star General betray his fellow Veterans for the benefit of non-Veterans? This makes me sick. If Veterans cannot trust a retired General to look out for our best interests, who can we trust?”
Those same sentiments echoed throughout the day, and the overriding theme shifted from the great land-fraud scandal to disgraceful Human Rights violations by our own U.S. Government against disabled and disadvantaged Veterans.
The U.S. Government’s inhuman treatment includes giving away land deeded exclusively to house and care for war-injured and destitute Veterans and forcing them to live homeless and hungry in back-alley squalor.
Scandal Upon Scandal
Los Angeles is our nation’s capital for homeless Veterans.
Los Angeles also has the largest VA in the nation with scores of vacant buildings sitting on land exclusively deeded for the housing and care of disabled and deprived Veterans.
Yet, tens of thousands of needy Veterans remain homeless and hungry while their land is leased to non-Veteran entities with sweet-heart deals, including the 16-acre public park deal that was leased “rent free,” even though it’s estimated to be worth more than a billion dollars.
It’s simply unfathomable that America’s biggest land-fraud scandal and our nation’s biggest Human Rights scandal could happen simultaneously at the same location while the major media remains absolutely silent.
How could the U.S. Government possibly entertain, never mind impose, some of the most abhorrent and inhumane conditions against the very men and women who have fought to destroy ruthless tyrants that betrayed their own citizenry with savage treatment?
Time For Change
When Barack Obama was elected President in 2008, he promised hope and change.
Here in Los Angeles, there’s been no change and even less hope for disabled and homeless Veterans.
On January 29, 2009, just a week after he was sworn in as Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, a Presidential Cabinet position, Eric K. Shinseki was notified in writing about all the illegal land-use agreements here in Los Angeles.
The new Secretary directed the notice to an underling in his Department’s D.C. office who verified that he received the communication but directed us back to the Los Angeles VA, which is the problem and not the solution.
Repeatedly, the new Secretary was notified in writing about the malfeasance and illegal land-use deals at the Los Angeles VA, respectfully requesting his assistance.
Repeatedly, Secretary Shinseki disrespectfully ignored us.
In spite of being forewarned about the illegal land deals, the Secretary of the VA eventually became a Co-Defendant along with his LA executive director in a lawsuit filed on June 8, 2011 by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
Two years later on August 29, 2013, a Federal Judgment was handed down to Defendants Shinseki and Beiter confirming what Veterans knew all along, that the nine so-called sharing agreements are “unauthorized by law, and therefore void.”
Two months after the irrefutable Judgment, Eric Shinseki chose to further burden the American Taxpayer and prolong the suffering and misery of disabled homeless Veterans by Appealing the Judgment to defend his ego and wealthy non-Veteran cronies.
Today is not a day of celebration for America’s Veterans as long as tens of thousands of disabled Veterans are homeless and their land is illegally used for non-Veterans entities.
Today is Judgment Day for Eric K. Shinseki and Donna M. Beiter.
Today is the day the Executive Branch needs to unify with the Judicial and Legislative Branches and deliver uncompromised Justice to America’s Veterans.
President Barack Obama must immediately direct his Department of Justice – U.S. Attorneys to fully rescind and dismiss the VA’s Appeal of the Federal Judgment.
He must immediately replace Defendants Shinseki and Beiter with new and trusted leadership to serve Veterans needs and not the wants of the private sector.
Then he must direct Congress to appropriate necessary funding to demolish all the obsolete and rat-infested structures and begin building and permanently maintaining a new and modern National Veterans Home in Los Angeles, as irrefutably stipulated in the Deed of 1888.
God Bless America and the Veterans Revolution!
U.S. Army, 1965-67, Schofield Barracks, Hqs., U.S Army, Hawaii. Director, The Veterans Revolution, Captain, the Old Veterans Guard, and Director, We the Veterans.