New VA scandal shows vets cheated out of benefits

But whether the veteran was dead or still alive, brown said VA supervisors in Oakland ordered her team to mark the claims “no action necessary” and to toss them aside. Whistleblowers said that was illegal.

“The VA didn’t help them. The VA didn’t care about them. They took them, they put them in a file, and they stuffed them away,” Brown said.

There were 13,184 veterans who were, Brown said, “begging for help.”

When she raised her concerns, she said she was taken off the project. Then, this past summer, Brown and former VA employee Tony Silviero found a cart full of these same claims, ignored, yet again.

“We pulled 15 indiscriminately to look at; just 15,” Brown said. “Eight of them were owed money. One was owed $36,000.”

She said that was just a few months ago.

via Video: New VA scandal shows vets cheated out of benefits « Hot Air.

And I’m not sure the wait list scandal has been resolved, either. My father is still waiting to see a “primary care doctor” before anything else can be done… and this is with them knowing his diagnosis of brain cancer. We began contacting the VA in December.

The VA scandal you’re not hearing about: the disarmament of America’s veterans

Recently, Liberty Change was given an opportunity to interview longtime civil rights attorney and founder of United States Justice Foundation (USJF), Michael Connelly. The USJF is a nonprofit public interest, legal action organization dedicated to instruct, inform and educate the public on, and to litigate, significant legal issues confronting America (www.usjf.net). Connelly made headlines two years ago when he published scanned letters sent from the VA to veterans declaring them mentally incompetent, and as a result, denying them of their right to own firearms, all without due process. Even though Connelly provided the scanned documents, which can be seen below, the story was attacked by conspiracy theorists and government apologists alike who claimed that no such incident could have occurred and that it was beyond the VA’s capabilities to unilaterally strip veterans of their 2nd Amendment rights without fair trial. Of course, that is what we are all to believe, but the letters are real and Connelly is now aware of the legal precedent that the VA and DoJ are citing to justify this mass veteran disarmament campaign based on documents that he’s received from Freedom of Information Act litigation.

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Because of the controversy surrounding the claims and the total mainstream media blackout on the story, Liberty Change sought out Mr. Connelly personally and was granted an in-depth interview on the background of the case and the current progress of the USJF’s FOIA lawsuits against the federal government. According to Connelly, the USJF began receiving numerous letters from veterans who were being declared mentally unfit by the VA for the purposes of owning firearms and placed in the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) database without proper adjudication. Typically, if a person is suspected to be without the mental capacity required for safely owning a firearm, they are still entitled due process in which they have a chance to defend themselves with proper legal representation if they feel that the accusation is misplaced. Perhaps what’s most egregious about the case of the veterans is, as you can see in the letter, they are placed in the NICS database beforehand and told that they may request a hearing with the VA accompanied by a veterans’ service representative after the fact.

Since when has the federal government been allowed to explicitly deny someone of one of their fundamental, constitutionally guaranteed rights without access to a trial? Apparently, since 2009 says Connelly. He says the broader application of this pre-existing law began when Eric Holder took the seat of Attorney General. Based on all of the cases that Connelly has observed, he believes that nearly every one of the declarations of mental incompetency has been completely unjust. Some of the veterans have sought legal action following receipt of these letters and have been able to overturn the ruling in court, but Connelly says that the federal government still refuses to remove them from the national background check system denying them the ability to lawfully purchase any firearm.

He believes that these letters are part of a larger agenda to not only strip veterans of their firearms but to shut down anyone who tries to raise awareness about the issue. Shortly before we contacted Mr. Connelly, he was a victim of what can only be described as an intimidation attempt by some unknown perpetrator reminiscent of the type experienced by Gary Webb during the Dark Alliance story. Last summer, Connelly mailed Freedom of Information Act requests to several agencies requesting the exact criteria that they have been using to declare these veterans mentally unfit. When the agencies refused to provide this information, Connelly sent his partner to his office to obtain return receipts from the FOIA requests in order to prepare a legal filing. His partner discovered that all of the files were missing, and the related computer files had been deleted from the desktop. However, the strangest part of the whole episode was that there was no sign of a break in and nothing else had been stolen. Connelly said of the incident:

He went to his office on Saturday to mail the info to me, and the file where it was kept was completely empty. He searched the office and everything was gone that would allow us to prove that the agencies received the requests. In addition, the letters containing the requests were deleted from his office computer. There was no sign of forced entry and nothing else was missing from the office. This was obviously done by professionals and the FOIA requests information was the sole target.

This whole thing is bizarre but we will send out new requests. Obviously, this was done to try and intimidate us and delay our filing of a suit to get the requested information. We hit a nerve with something in one or more of the requests. It certainly generated an attempt to sabotage our efforts to protect our veterans (‘A Case of Sabotage’ http://michaelconnelly.jigsy.com/entries/general/a-case-of-sabotage).

Click to read transcript of entire interview: EXCLUSIVE: The VA scandal you’re not hearing about: the disarmament of America’s veterans | Liberty Change.

Obama’s AR-15 bullet ban under fire in Congress, 4 of 10 oppose

In their notice, BATFE explained, “Some ammunition that was previously exempted as ‘primarily intended to be used for sporting purposes,’ specifically 5.56mm constituent projectiles of SS109 and M855 cartridges, will again be regulated as ‘armor piercing ammunition.’ Except as provided by law, no person may manufacture or import such ammunition, and manufacturers or importers may not sell or deliver such ammunition.”

In his letter, Goodlatte said that the agency’s “framework” for pulling the bullet from the market is too broad and could impact other cartridge sizes. What’s more, he said that the 5.56 M855 doesn’t meet the government’s description of armor-piercing ammunition.

“ATF should refocus its efforts on serious threats to law enforcement officers from specially designed armor piercing projectiles that are intended for use in the sort of handguns commonly carried and concealed by criminals. Under no circumstances should ATF adopt a standard that will ban ammunition that is overwhelmingly used by law-abiding Americans for legitimate purposes,” said the letter.

Obama’s AR-15 bullet ban under fire in Congress, 4 of 10 oppose | WashingtonExaminer.com.

And it won’t make a difference. Obama doesn’t care what the rest of government thinks, and he sure doesn’t care what the American people think. And if the Republicans have a chance to do something real to prevent it, they’ll cave like they always do.

Daily Beast retracts story on Scott Walker

Another major media outlet has apologized after getting a story about Scott Walker wrong. Last week, it was the New York Times; now, it’s The Daily Beast.

The Daily Beast has retracted an article from one of its college columnists that claimed that the Wisconsin governor’s budget would cut sexual assault reporting from the state’s universities.

 The post, published Friday, cited a report from Jezebel that wrongly interpreted a section of the state budget to mean that all assault reporting requirements were to get cut altogether.

In fact, the University of Wisconsin system requested the deletion of the requirements to get rid of redundancy, as it already provides similar information to the federal government, UW System spokesman Alex Hummel told The Associated Press on Friday.

Full correction and retraction via Daily Beast retracts story on Scott Walker – Nick Gass – POLITICO.

Report: Jeb Bush Attempting to Rig CPAC Straw Poll with Bused in Supporters

“Emails provided to Slate show that backers of the former Florida governor are busing supporters from downtown Washington D.C. to CPAC in National Harbor, Maryland, and organizing to get them day passes into the event,” Woodruff wrote.

013ddf290caacb38e648a9866c73c625One person behind the effort to bus in Bush backers, Woodruff confirmed, was former George W. Bush advance man Fritz Brogan. “A Bush insider confirmed to Slate that Bush’s Right to Rise PAC is helping organize the transportation,” Woodruff wrote.

Three other potential GOP presidential campaigns told Breitbart News that they expect nothing less from Bush’s campaign, since he doesn’t have real conservative support.

“It comes as no surprise that the Bushies would try to rig the CPAC straw poll. Jeb, like his father and brother, is strongly disliked and distrusted by the Base,” one said.

Trying to rig the CPAC straw poll “is a cynical effort by Bush’s establishment campaign to attempt to build some conservative bona fides where none exist,” a second rival presidential effort staffer told Breitbart News. “Since they don’t have legitimate conservative support they have to pay for it in a transparent AstroTurf effort.”

“This shows one thing: Jeb Bush’s base is D.C. insiders and lobbyists,” an operative for a third potential GOP presidential rival said. “He has to bus them everywhere he goes. They are his only hope, that they can buy him this election every step of the way. True conservatives need to stand up and fight back.”

Before CPAC, when asked if Bush’s supporters would be paid and bused in, Bush spokeswoman Kristy Campbell denied it flatly. She said in an email that she “can confirm that we are not trying to play in the straw poll – despite what anyone else is telling you.”

via Report: Jeb Bush Attempting to Rig CPAC Straw Poll with Bused in Supporters – Breitbart.

FYI, the CPAC straw poll winner was apparently Rand Paul followed by Scott Walker.

Forget the Dress…

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And in all seriousness… enough with the dress. No one really cares.

Sharpton: We Must Make It A Federal Crime For White People To Shoot Black People, Including Self Defense

According to MegynKelly.US, Al Sharpton said, “We Must Make It A Federal Crime For White People To Shoot Black People Ever, Including In Self Defense!

sharptonSharpton explained to Tom Joyner, “The intent to prove that Zimmerman did it because of his race, that is the legal threshold. Unless we change that legislation, we end up where we are in terms of the Trayvon Martin case. Clearly I’m disappointed. Clearly I’m sure the family is. But clearly the Justice Department can not go beyond the laws as is written. As we fight these fights and continue to fight from Staten Island to Ferguson, we must change the threshold that you qualify a civil rights case for, or we will keep having these moments of activism that end up with cases of being disappointing.”

So if I understand this correctly, Al Sharpton believes legislation should be changed to protect black people from being shot, even when they’re attacking another human being. That’s the threshold to which the good Reverend is referring.

via Sharpton: We Must Make It A Federal Crime For White People To Shoot Black People, Including Self Defense – BuzzPo.

Racism comes in all colors towards all colors. This man is a racist. This man is the poster child for hatred. He is everything he claims to despise. With people like Al around in the media, we’ll never be able to have a real conversation about race in this country.