If you thought the outrageous antics displayed by the Justice Department and the FBI couldn’t be topped for sheer wrongdoing, welcome to the Department of Veteran Affairs.
Jamie Fox, a former whistleblower and social worker at the San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC), was visited by three federal agents who informed her that she was considered “dangerous.”
The surprise visit to Fox’s home by the agents was a prelude to what would follow next…
Only hours after their visit, Fox suddenly found herself being stripped of her Second Amendment rights and involuntarily committed to a psych ward.
Fox has since been released and is now being investigated
“I feel violated,” Fox said of the entire affair. “The VA knows my vulnerabilities, and they use them against me.”
Fox served in the Navy from 1988–1993; as such, she receives healthcare at the SFVAMC, where she currently works.
However, the Social Worker is well known to the VA. Back in 2008 she testified on behalf of a co-worker, she believed was being harassed because of her sexual orientation. At the time she was warned not to testify because her testimony would forever brand her a whistleblower.
Fox said she worked on the benefits side of the VA at the time; she left in lieu of termination (because there was no federal protection for whistleblowers at the time), and had to wait two years before getting a job at the SFVAMC.
However, she began to notice that her C-file, a folder created by the VA that contains personal medical and other pertinent information including her psychologist’s notes on veterans, could be easily accessed by anyone within the VA.
Alarmed by what she uncovered, Fox kept searching and discovered something even more frightening. “In learning how my former coworkers and managers have continued access to my private and protect information, I learned that the VA computer system called [the Veterans Benefit Management System] VBMS is not secure,” she said.
Adding, “The VA cannot keep certain people out of certain people’s files. My former managers and co-workers can pull up all of my records from military, work, medical, etcetera from a laptop in their home and show anyone they want my information. None of my conversations with my doctors are private, including my therapy records.”
Fox immediately contacted her supervisors on what she uncovered, only to be met with silence. She continued contacting those individuals responsible for securing personal data only to be rebuffed by the intransigent bureaucracy.
In a statement to the press Fox acknowledged, “Not only do I have documentary evidence that these people violated laws, including the most recent “Whistleblower Protection Law forbidding coworkers and managers from accessing employees’ private information — I also have a lot of communication with various people including current and former VA leadership regarding all of my fears and pleas for help.”
Adding, “Since July 2017 I have been trying to get help from many people including VA leadership, Office of the Special Council, Office of the Inspector General, Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, senators, U.S. Representatives, privacy officers, non-profit veterans’ groups and more.”
However, there’s a cautionary tale for individuals like Fox who buck the system. If you speak out alone, be prepared to have your life ruined, worst yet commit to a psych ward and stripped you of your Second Amendment rights.