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Thursday, July 13, 2006

VA INSPECTOR GENERAL BLISTERS DEPARTMENT'S LAX SECURITY




Department of Veterans Affairs Inspector General George Opfer issued a take-no-prisoners report late Tuesday about VA security policies and procedures, casting wide blame for the handling of the theft of personal information on more than 26 million veterans in May.

The report recommends the disciplinary action against a range of VA officials who "acted with indifference and little sense of urgency," and calls for a stronger, more concise policy on protecting personal information, better training of employees and more background checks on those with access to personal date.

***This means absolutely nothing. Nicholson should resign and so should many other officials in the VA. That's what it's going to take to make the veterans feel like something has been done to protect their personal info. So far the Bush administration has proven to us they can't take care of national security. That is all that this administration has done on the past five years. Don't forget that we got hit on their watch on 9/11!

Opfer's report says the data stolen from the Maryland home of a VA employee should never have left the building. The longtime employee had been working on a personal project at home on his own time with some records. The information was not loaded on a government laptop, but on a personal storage devise.

***So we have been lied to again by Nicholson! What is Nicholson trying to cover-up? What kind of personal project was this guy doing and for whom?

The employee's supervisors claim they did not know of the project and would not have allowed him to take home the data if they knew. The stolen data was recovered June 28, and the FBI is trying to determine if it had been copied. The report says federal and county police continue to investigate the burglary, but expect no charges to be filed against the employee.

***This was the property of the government of the United States and he shouldn't have taken it out of that building. He should be sitting in jail now until the whole truth is found out!

Rep. Lane Evans of Illinois, ranking Democrat on the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, said the report shows the scope of the problems.

"There was a series of failures in this tragic event," he said, including vague or nonexistent policies on access, transport and use of data with personal identifiers; five years of warnings about possible problems; and "utterly dysfunctional leadership, a total communications breakdown and an alarming lack of urgency."

"When the employee from whom the data is stolen reports it to VA managers and law enforcement within an hour, yet higher-ups, in a disastrous sequence of bungles and indifference, take one week to elevate it seven floors in the same building and another week to walk it a few steps over to the secretary---not to mention an additional six days to inform Congress and the public---then it becomes clear there was and is within VA a bigger crisis than even the theft of such a massive amouint of data," Evans said in a statement.

***It shouldn't come as an surprise to you that this is how the rest of the country is being run under the Bush Administration! That's why we are in such turmoil and are hated across the world! I don't care what the news tells you!

Bob Wallace, executive director of the Washington office for the VFW, called the situation "pathetic."

***Some of these people shouldn't be quick to call someone else pathetic, although they are, when they claim to care about veterans when they are out there doing commercials for the Republicans. The very people that are taking everything away from the veterans.

"It is umbelievable," he said. "They are not serving the veterans right and they are not serving the secretary right. We had a crime here, whether it was 10,000 or 26 million people, and it should have been taken seriously."

***BUT THAT'S THE PROBLEM WITH THIS ADMINISTRATION AND THEIR REPUBLICAN PUPPETS! THEY DON'T CARE ABOUT AND CAN'T HANDLE NATIONAL SECURITY!!!!!!! THEY ONLY CARE ABOUT WHAT YOU CAN "SEE." IF THEY WERE SO GREAT ON NATIONAL SECURITY, WOULD SO MANY INCIDENTS HAVE BEEN STOPPED IF TERRORISTS THOUGHT THAT THE REPUBLICANS WERE DOING SUCH A GREAT JOB ON PROTECTING US? OR BETTER YET, IS THE TRUTH REALLY THAT THE REPUBLICANS ARE PLAYING UP ON OUR FEARS AND MAKING THESE THINGS HAPPEN? With this administration, I'd go for the latter of the two! BUT ONE THING IS FOR SURE, THE REPUBLICANS ARE NOT STRONG ON NATIONAL SECURITY!

Wallace a former national commander of the 2.4 million-member group, said he is concerned about why VA staff would not immediately notify the VA secretary of the problem.

***If he believes that the secretary didn't already know about this, then he's just as crazy as the Republicans!

"He should have known immediately abd veterans should have been notified immediately," Wallace said. "It has been a case study in how to handle a crisis."

***That's wht I'm trying to tell you, THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION CAN'T HANDLE A CRISIS! THEY SUCK AT PROTECTING US! BUT AS YOU SEE, THEY KNOW HOW TO PROTECT THEMSELVES!

Without a guarantee that the records have not been copied, Wallace said he still believes the VA needs to provide credit monitoring for the military personnel and veterans whose records were stolen.

***The Bush administration said that they will do that, but they are taking the money away from housing development for our troops. It's like they are blaming our veterans for this. They may as well be if they are going to take funds away from them to pay for this monitoring!

Rep. Steve Buyer (R-IN), the House Veterans' Affairs Committee chairman, said he expects the VA Secretary R. James Nicholson to "take prompt and appropriate administrative action concerning individuals involved in this serious breach of data" and promises Congress will be watching.

***It happened in May. Nothing has been done about it yet. Buyer is just as big of an idiot as Nicholson is! You can't believe a word he says, especially on his campaign trail!!!!!

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