Rich Galen

  • Just last week the President announced that military personnel would be helping the Border Patrol. If terrorists and illegal immigrants get their hands on these files, we will need more military personnel to control the situation which was created because the military personnel we have already asked to serve our country had their identities stolen.

  • Ironic, huh?

  • So, just to review the bidding: The VA's employee takes the records of 26.5 MILLION VETERANS to his (or her) house. The house is burglarized. Among the items stolen is a laptop computer and computer disks contain said records.

  • The VA, on its website, specifically declines to involve itself in helping those "who shall have borne the battle" and, instead, lists four steps veterans should take if they find suspicious activity regarding their credit cards or bank accounts, including:
  • Contacting the fraud department of one of the three major credit bureaus;

  • Closing any accounts that have been tampered with or opened fraudulently;

  • Filing a police report with your local police or the police in the community where the identity theft took place;

  • Filing a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.
  • The only thing the 26.5 MILLION VETERANS did to deserve all this was serve their country thus, becoming veterans.

  • For the price of it, the Department of Veterans Affairs is placing all of the burden for its criminal stupidity squarely on the backs of those "who have borne the battle."

  • And what, you may ask, is the VA doing? Well, heroic effort would be something of an overstatement. According to its website the Department "has directed all VA employees complete the 'VA Cyber Security Awareness Training Course.'"

  • Oh. Good. That should fix it.

  • How about putting a sign up next to the elevators. Something like:
    PLEASE DO NOT REMOVE DISKS CONTAINING THE RECORDS OF 26.5 MILLION VETERANS AND THEN ALLOW THEM TO BE STOLEN FROM YOUR HOUSE.

  • Our veterans deserve better.

  • On a the Secret Decoder Ring page today: Links to the WashPost and AP stories, plus the VA's Q&A page; a Mullfoto from New York City, and a Catchy Caption of the Day.

  • Rich Galen

    Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at Mullings.com.