Report: VA’s Office Colluding with FBI, ATF to Disarm Vets
Documents reveal backdoor disarmament program
by Adan Salazar | Infowars.com | April 22, 2015
The Department of Veterans Affairs is colluding with the FBI to conduct a backdoor gun confiscation program targeting America’s veterans, according to a report from The Daily Caller.
The process typically starts when a veteran visits a VA hospital seeking treatment.
Information regarding mental health and/or financial status garnered from VA hospitals is shared with the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), documents obtained by The Caller reveal.
Flagged veterans are added to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), preventing them from being able to purchase registered firearms.
The sudden change in status also leads to unexpected home raids resulting in gun confiscation.
The February 27, 2012 memo reveals the FBI and VA have an “understanding… regarding the National Instant Criminal Background Check System” which entails forwarding veterans’ health information to the agency.
“VA will provide an encrypted compact disc exchanged via mail to the FBI no less than quarterly for, inter alia, inclusion in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS),” the memo reportedly says.
The NICS is defined as a database of “persons prohibited under federal law from receiving or possessing firearms.”
“Data disclosed by VA to the FBI under the terms of this agreement is to be entered into the NICS Index…” the memo further states.
According to veterans interviewed by The Caller, any number of issues can place someone on the ban list, from which it is difficult to be removed.
One veteran, Henry Wrobel, recalled being stripped of his gun rights after merely telling his VA counselor that his wife had set up recurring auto-debit payments to make it easier on him, resulting in the counselor writing down that Wrobel “was unable to handle [his] own finances.”
Another vet, Douglas Szklarski, revealed that personally altering his health treatment in favor of medical cannabis, instead of prescribed pharmaceuticals, led the VA to label him “incompetent,” which in turn led to a visit from ATF agents.
“ATF came to my house. I had to surrender them,” Szklarski said, adding that his guns were eventually returned after he appealed the decision.
Even people who never set foot on the battlefield are targeted by the feds for confiscation.
“The VA, without going through any of the courts, made the determination that my mother was incapable of handling her finances, which isn’t true, and so she can’t handle firearms,” a retired veteran named Lawrence said.
“What concerns me is they basically have taken away one of her constitutional rights without due process,” the veteran stated. “They said that they would maintain all this information in just the VA database, so if she were to go out and get a firearm they said sure. But we found out that they send all that information to the FBI and ATF etc. They basically lied to us there. And it’s like a no-fly list. Once you get on it, you can’t get off.”
“They actually threatened to withhold her benefits if she didn’t sign up for a fiduciary. She lost her husband in Vietnam! She’s entitled to those benefits,” Lawrence added.
As Infowars has documented, the federal government is increasingly regarding returning veterans as the next domestic terror threat and using mental health laws to strip them of their rights without due process.
A 2007 study published by the American Medical Association found that VA health facilities classified one third of returning veterans “as having either mental health diagnoses and/or psychosocial problems.”
“The possible passage of new restrictions on firearms and the return of military veterans facing significant challenges reintegrating into their communities could lead to the potential emergence of terrorist groups or lone wolf extremists capable of carrying out violent attacks,” the unclassified document, marked “For Official Use Only,” states.
A New York Times article published in 2009 also detailed how some Boy Scouts of America troops were partaking in the DHS and FBI-sponsored “Explorers” program, in which a “disgruntled Iraq war veteran” was portrayed as an enemy combatant.
That same year, the FBI’s Operation Vigilant Eagle was exposed by The Wall Street Journal, outlining collusion between the FBI and Pentagon who “share[d] information regarding Iraqi and Afghanistan war veterans whose involvement in white supremacy and/or militia sovereign citizen extremist groups poses a domestic terrorism threat.”
In a statement to The Caller, the VA basically stated that disarming vets is just business as usual.
“The Department of Veterans Affairs’ policy to inform veterans of their rights regarding the Brady Act has not changed,” VA told TheDC in a statement. “As has been policy for multiple administrations, VA acts in accordance with federal law and works with the Department of Justice to properly maintain the NICS database. VA notifies any veteran who may be deemed by VA to be mentally incapable of managing his or her own funds of the opportunity to contest this determination and also to seek relief from the reporting requirements under the Brady Act, as required by law.”