When the veteran’s wife asked a VA doctor about the action, she was told it was a “familiarization exercise.”
Veterans were horrified while seeking VA health care on Wednesday when approached by Homeland Security police in an Operation Shield exercise. The exercise was for the purpose of “presence deterrence” at a VA health care facility in San Diego. Many veterans’ legal advocates are concerned about what this “presence deterrence” actually means and what is seeks to accomplish for veterans needing care.
According to reports, 20 officers from the DHS Federal Protective Service (FPS) dressed in full black combat gear crowded at the entrance of VA Mission Valley Health Care Clinic on Wednesday. These officers were not wearing any nametags and refused to identify themselves. Four bomb-sniffing dogs accompanied the secretive police group that arrived at the facility in 8 white SUVs, which then blocked all access to parking for disabled veterans. Veterans arriving for care were alarmed and some frightened away.
VA Mission Valley Health Care Clinic houses numerous service centers including a general practice clinic, psychiatric clinic, PTSD treatment clinic, and the disability compensation evaluation clinic. The impact of this event on veterans is disturbing.
The advocacy group, Honoring Our Troops (HRT), promptly wrote a formal complaint to VA OIG in Washington, DC after fielding numerous communications from veterans who were shocked by these recent federal secret police actions. OIG has yet to formally acknowledge receipt of their complaint since it was filed several days ago.
According to HRT’s OIG complaint, veterans on site were harassed and threatened when they took pictures and asked questions about this bizarre behavior. One veteran was threatened with a fine of $10,000 and arrest if he did not delete a photo he had taken. Another elderly veteran refused to enter the clinic with his wife. When the veteran’s wife asked a VA doctor about the action, she was told it was a “familiarization exercise.” Is this the new normal at VA facilities that veterans must become familiarized with and used to? And why? What justifies this kind of action by the Feds?
His gun is bigger than your gun and he has a doggy, Good thing they are in California where the libs have taken away the people's right to bear arms. In PA we are allowed to open carry we are just not allowed to take into the VA facility.
Wonder how they would react if twenty or so open carry people were there escorting Vets to the door?
Another Obama muscle display against vets. When will it end?
It's just anger over all the daily scandals. I hope your husband does the right thing when ordered to do an illegal act by this admin. What you wrote about your husband makes him a potential terrorist to the Obama admin if you don't know already. Semper Fi
I'm sorry your husband got caught in this picture, but look at the bright side, by being in this picture he has alerted the American people to the gestapo tactics the treasonous pseudo-president is conducting. Many American people just want to bury their head in the sand and ignore what is happening. Nothing gets done that way. With a picture things can no longer be ignored. This is just one type of gestapo tactic being foisted on the American public. They are also trying to claim there are constitutional free zones in this country where they can do what they want and we the people have no say. Thank your husband for alerting us to what is going on.
Katie is long gone. She or whoever it was came on here and left a couple comments and disappeared. If it was to get people to threaten a federal officer with comments she or whoever was successful.
Where does your husband stand on the Oath Keepers? Is he a member? It won't be long before he may be called on to violate the peoples right to freely and peaceably assemble... or too keep and bare arms. Has he told you that he would not obey an order to disarm or confiscate law abiding citizens weapons... just curious.
I spent 26 1/2 yrs in the service of our nation and I am very concerned that many of our law enforcement officers will ignore their Constitutional oaths... too defend the constitution as written... not as redefined by government agencies.
Example... the right to freely assemble shall not be abridged. However if one is unable to afford or obtain a PERMIT, to peaceably assemble, their right to do is abridged. The people's permit to assemble peaceably is the Constitution's first amendment. Telling these people that they must disperse or be arrested is wrong. Trumping up some pretext, such as, public safety or nuisance is an excuse to deny the right of peaceable assemble. That is also wrong.
Where does your husband stand on open carry ... The peaceful display and carrying of arms by the general public? Is his view constitutional or the product of an abusive government regulation. I don't envy law enforcement, they have a fine line to walk, and I simply could not walk that line knowing what I do about what is expected. I could not enforce a law or regulation that I believed to be unconstitutional... PERIOD. No manner of indoctrination could convince me that I have one job to do... and the courts can straighten out any Constitutional disputes... thereby compartmentalizing the violation of my oath... to defend the Constitution and the rights of the people under the Constitution.
Hitler depended on a docile and submissive bureaucracy to enforce his edicts on a nation.. Obama and his minions are also depending on submissive and conforming federal and state agents to enforce his edicts and unconstitutional laws/regulations. If these bureaucrats would refuse to enforce his edicts he would be powerless to fundamentally transform America.
Oh, I so agree with you, Ronald. This is so very outrageous. Our veterans do not need this kind of treatment. They fought for us and deserve respect and honor and now, THE CARE THEY DESERVE. Fire these people and get new ones in there.
Respectful disagreement, Ronald. It is PRISON which they all must get for obeying the orders of a traitor. And traitors should get the death penalty, just like the commie sympathizers the Rosenbergs got.
YES --- Continue with this message so this comes from everybodys lips and posts -- I tire of reading "Oh, Obama knows exactly waht he's doing blah blah blah -- We have to get into peoples minds that these folks have conducted themselves lawlessly and there are consequences to that -- The Full Penalty of the Law -- Death by Firing Squad or by the Noose and life Incarceration in 23 hour solitary in a maximum security prison. All of them!
Don't count on republicans to be any different. They are just as bad and you can bet if they had control of the government nothing would change.