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Saturday, May 27, 2006

Signs of the Times

Veterans don't want to dwell on stolen PC
5/27/2006, 2:46 p.m. CT
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) Ã?‚Â? Veterans visiting the nation's capital for Memorial Day weekend said Saturday they were more interested in honoring the sacrifice of U.S. service members than fretting about the theft of personal information from a government computer.

"Me, I'll recover if my Social Security number's gone, but at least I have my health," said John Norton, 37, who served in a Navy construction battalion from 1988-96.

Norton, of Grand Rapids, Mich., said he's not overly concerned whether his data may have been on a laptop stolen from a Veterans Affairs Department employee's home on May 3.

The VA on Monday revealed that the computer contained the names, birth dates and Social Security numbers of 26.5 million veterans who were discharged since 1975. In some cases, spouses' information and data of veterans discharged before 1975 who submitted claims to the agency may have been included.

Norton said there's nothing he can do about it, adding that he thinks it's just one example of how the federal government is failing veterans.

"It's one of many things," Norton said as he looked toward the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. "Like the ongoing cutting of VA benefits. You don't see politicians' benefits cut."

People running veterans information tents on the Mall said fewer veterans than they expected had approached them with questions and concerns about the theft.

Nancy Verespy, international executive director of Veterans of the Vietnam War Inc. and The Veterans Coalition, said her top concern was that any money needed to fix the fallout from the theft doesn't come from the VA budget.

VA Secretary James Nicholson has pledged a thorough investigation and ordered employees to attend classes on privacy and cyber security. The department also set up a Web site and toll-free number to answer veterans' questions.

Sam Elizalde, 60, a veteran of Vietnam and Desert Storm, said that while he's upset about the incident and wants someone held accountable, he would rather "put a lid on it" than obsess over it.

"They should not punish him," Elizalde said of whoever is ultimately found responsible. "Just get him out of the VA system."


EDITOR'S NOTE Ã?‚Â? Toll-free number for information on the data theft: 1-800-FED-INFO (1-800-333-4636). The call center will operate from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. EDT Monday-Saturday.


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Official government Web site: http://www.firstgov.gov

Sigh, the "I don't care attitudes" are absolutely astounding.....Somehow the book of Jude comes to mind....Oh but wait, we threw out the Bible a long time ago....People simply think this country is composed of two types of people and that is the religious fanatics and the atheistststs....But at least the somewhat religious folks have an upper hand on the atheistststs....BECAUSE I NOTICE WHEN I POST COMMENTS ABOUT THE RISE IN SPIRITUAL (demonic) ACTIVITY I GET ZERO COMMENTS....IT'S NOT THAT PEOPLE ARE AT A LOSS TO DISAGREE (trust me a lot of them don't quite grasp me)....IT IS BECAUSE THEY TRULY HOPE(!!!) THAT I AM NOT CORRECT ABOUT WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT BUT WHEN I CITE EXAMPLES OF THE FACT THAT MY SON AND OTHERS SEE THE "THINGS" THAT ARE GOING ON, THEN IT BECOMES HARD TO DISPROVE ME....And we've been talking about some scary stuff lately....Let me assure you that things are NOT happening along the 33 parallel by mere coincidence....It is enough that the religious apostate will have a hard time overcoming what is about to come into fruition but the apathetic and the unbelievers won't even stand a chance.....You can not fight the spiritual with physical weapons.... Ways to defeat the NWO would include: individuality, creativity, culture and lots and lots of prayer meditating on the Word of Truth....These things don't come from me I got them online.....
Confirmation of the Word of truth:
"There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it, because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda or brainwashing, or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods. And this seems to be the final revolution."Aldous Huxley's lecture to The California Medical School in San Francisco in 1961


  • My name is most likely on that list of vets that was stolen. The theifs just wanted the laptop. If that this was running win XP Pro, then I would hope it was password protected. But now that they have announced to the world that the list is on the computer, it has turned a $300 pawn shop laptop into somthing more if they can find the right buyer.
    I'm not going to concern myself over it anyway. Just keep an eye on my credit report in case a Harley shows up it, but I'm not going to lose any sleep over it.

    By Blogger Todd, at Monday, May 29, 2006 8:57:00 PM  

  • LOL...Don't forget about me...I have a 10 percent disability from the VA but if the fools are stupid enough to use my then married name as I went by in the military then they will definitely get caught...I won't even go back to ever using a Spanish last name....Money can't even buy me what I most want out of life and that is a pirogue, some crawfish and gumbo, some good Cajun/Zydeco music and house right on the Louisiana swamps.....They can have all the rest....Oh yeah, we gotta have beer...We gotta have beer, but hell we can make our own....(Snicker)...I wonder if I can use your credit report to get me a "pimped out" bass boat?!! (snicker)

    By Blogger Sharon, at Monday, May 29, 2006 9:13:00 PM  

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