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VA confiscates reporter's equipment after he interviews a veteran about shoddy care.

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posted on Apr, 11 2009 @ 11:06 AM
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VA confiscates reporter's equipment after he interviews a veteran about shoddy care.


thinkprogress.org

On Tuesday, WAMU reporter Eric Schultz attempted to interview Tommie Canady, a veteran from Maryland, about the poor treatment he said he was receiving from the VA. In the middle of the interview at a VA hospital in Washington, DC, a VA communications specialist named Gloria Hairston, “along with two other employees and four armed security guards, stopped Schultz and wouldn’t let him leave until he handed over his [recording] equipment.” A group of veterans stood nearby during the exchange:

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posted on Apr, 11 2009 @ 11:06 AM
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What the?

Something to hide, much?

My guess is that the people involved with this are going to be in hot water real soon. The V.A. is already under the microscope FOR their horrible treatment of the soldiers, now add first amendment violation to the list. It sounds like they have agreed to return the reporters equipment at least. But they went WAY overboard to begin with. Just shows they definitely have something to hide....

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posted on Apr, 11 2009 @ 11:14 AM
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There would be no need for this government to be embarrassed if they could successfully push through their plans to have both active duty military personnel and vets pay for their own health care like everyone else.



posted on Apr, 11 2009 @ 11:22 AM
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I bet they'd also like to bury this one...

www.cbsnews.com...


(AP) Veterans Affairs officials say 16 patients exposed to contaminated equipment at its medical facilities have tested positive for viral infections, including hepatitis.

VA spokeswoman Katie Roberts said Friday that 10 colonoscopy patients from the VA medical center in Murfreesboro, Tenn., tested positive for hepatitis. She said six patients from a VA clinic in Augusta, Ga., tested positive for unspecified viral infections.

The number of reported infections could rise. Roberts says the department doesn't yet have results from most of more than 10,000 veterans warned to get blood tests because they could have been exposed to contamination. Patients at a medical center in Miami also were urged to get tested.

All three sites failed to properly sterilize equipment between treatments.


Most Americans take better care of their pets than our government does of the veterans who have loyally served this nation.

Perhaps next time they can use faulty procedures to infect thousands of vets with a lethal infection, killing off a few thousand so that money can be redirected into more important Obama government spending plans?



posted on Apr, 11 2009 @ 12:07 PM
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And...

No one really gives a #!

Bah, why bother. It isn't the Obama administration's fault after all. So why should his budget plans suffer because of past wars he did not vote for or have anything to do with?

Wake up America, before its too late.



posted on Apr, 11 2009 @ 12:30 PM
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As a Veteran myself I would consider this as outrages!! They should get the best of care that this country has to offer.

Yes you could smack them up side the head a few times, call them names etc, for not following directions, but in the end all they want is to be taken care of!!!



posted on Apr, 11 2009 @ 12:35 PM
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Lawsuit would be in order right about now. I would at least sue for 1st amendment by stopping the vets right for free speech. Also freedom of the press was totally raped by government workers. Sue them big time



posted on Apr, 11 2009 @ 01:00 PM
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I have no problem paying for the care of soldiers that have given of themselves to protect my country. I may not agree with all that the military is required to do but most of them are following the orders of their leaders.

It is outrageous the care they are given in the name of our country.



posted on Apr, 11 2009 @ 01:04 PM
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My SO is a Vet. He threw away his card because he refuses to go to a VA hospital. His reason? He's known to many people who went in for relatively minor thing and came out in a body bag. In light of all the things going on, I don't blame him.



posted on Apr, 11 2009 @ 01:06 PM
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I resent the stereotyping in this thread. I work my ass off to serve our Veterans at a VA Hospital, and I do it because I have the utmost respect for those who have served our country. If you have seen one VA, then you have seen one VA. Not all VA hospitals are the bad places people describe. Granted the care 20 years ago was closer to the descriptions I have heard, the VA has come a LONG way to improve the care Veterans receive. The sad part is the problems in many VA's are not caused by the lower level employees, those on the "front lines" yet by higher paid upper management types and their BS red tape! One thing most don't realize is that most of the employees at VA hospitals are VETERANS themselves! I am a VA employee and I am proud, honored, and privileged to be able to help further the mission of serving those who served! Like so many bumperstickers say "If you can read this post, THANK A VET!"

Sorry this one hits a sensitive spot for me. I am sick of hearing how bad ALL VA's are, how bad the treatment is, blah, blah, blah. I can honestly say this is not even close to describing the VA Med Center I work at. Again, if you have seen one VA, then you have seen ONE VA. I just don't see how people can continue to judge an entire health care system based on the actions of few sites.



[edit for flaming mad emocons
on 11-4-2009 by BREWSE]

[edit on 11-4-2009 by BREWSE]



posted on Apr, 11 2009 @ 01:24 PM
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I live in virginia and I watch the local propaganda on each channel and theres yet to be any reporting on this event in my area next to whats here on ats. You know why I love stories like this it just gives a reason to wonder a little more what could that VA place possibly have to hide that they would threaten violence when the reporter was just doing his job.

Last time I checked this was a free country careful feds this is my back yard my turf here dont go thinkin your going to pull anything like this why I am here and you wont get away with it. Im less then 30 mins away from the CIA here and people there owe me favors I might just have to give them a ring and find out whats going on at this clinic.

Considering whats been happening as of late with all of this kind of thing being reported more all the time you would think the clinic would have enough sense if there doing something illegal to screen people before they enter a office.

Oh well its on now


Falcon



posted on Apr, 11 2009 @ 01:29 PM
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I am sure not all VAs are the same. And there are hard working people in all the hospitals but what happens at the top is so hard for the "worker" to control.

I work in a hospital and as hard as we work in our department what happens once our work passes on to the next level is often out of our control. Sometimes I am amazed more people dont' leave in body bags.



posted on Apr, 11 2009 @ 01:30 PM
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It is people like you who provide hope for this broken system.

You should be commended as well for your service.


It is not your fault, it is those who run the VA hospitals and more importantly those who allocate funding, approve procedures, cut costs etc.

To this government veterans are simply an expense, one which like any other will be looked at for possible future cuts. If you think it is bad in some places now, wait and see what it will be like at the end of these next four years.



posted on Apr, 11 2009 @ 01:47 PM
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It is always a sad thing when we generalize because there are always those who do love their jobs and make a positive and important contibution to our existence. Thank you for this!



posted on Apr, 11 2009 @ 02:08 PM
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the medical profession has alot to hide.....its like a police state inside.

if you take cameras in they are conviscated,you cant film anything....try to inteview a patient on situe and they shut the interview down.
all this despite the fact theres no laws against it,a bit liek the police around the world trying to get laws passed forbidding the filming of them in any way.

these pattern are worldwide,why?...they are obviously hiding something,depopulation and what they really are.

[edit on 11-4-2009 by welivefortheson]



posted on Apr, 11 2009 @ 02:14 PM
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oh cmon its obvious you dont work in a VA hospital.
everytime something is reported on ats no matter how obscure somebody signs up and happens to somehow be involved in that incident and then proceeds to tell everyone "the truth" about the incident or occurance.
its nothing but information management,fake people.

VA hospitals....well all you gotta know is that they are killing soldiers in there intentfully.



posted on Apr, 11 2009 @ 02:15 PM
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I live in Florida and I would not be alive today if it were not for the VA.

The VA hospital here is beautiful. It is always clean, everyone treats you like royalty and the thoroughness and level of service is exemplary.

Just like everything else in life you have the good, the bad and the ugly. You can not lump all VA hospitals into the same pile.

The equipment is state of the art. The waiting time for care is almost nonexistent and the doctors don’t seem to ever be off the clock. I receive calls from my doctors on weekends, evenings and holidays. It doesn’t seem to matter. If they obtain results that are outside of normal parameters they will call me and explain the findings and the proposed course of action.

I would be remiss if I allowed this wonderful group of professionals to be painted with the same brush and lumped in with the lesser performing VAs. They deserve accolades, gratitude and respect not unfair and inaccurate judgments.



posted on Apr, 11 2009 @ 03:51 PM
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Obama has basically turned them into Bush's troops, that might be the most absurd parts about this denial of treatment and care. Almost makes Bush look like mild in comparison now to this sort of throwing under the bus of the soldiers.



posted on Apr, 12 2009 @ 09:42 PM
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How can you say something like this? You don't know me and you seem to just be trying to be nasty. Good job!



posted on Apr, 12 2009 @ 09:46 PM
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Sounds like Bay Pines. Like I said if you have seen one VA, then you have seen one VA. Believe me I have heard some real horror stories about SOME VA Hospitals. I repeat SOME VA Hospitals. The VA I work at sounds very much like your description. MOST of the employees at the VA I work at really do care about Veterans, many are Veterans, and many have family members that serve / served in our nations Armed Forces.



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