The Department of Veterans Affairs and the FBI target veterans, send ATF agents to disarm them

A shocking new report details a memorandum between the VA and the FBI that shows them working together to disarm American veterans

By Alex Thomas

(INTELLIHUB) —The Department of Veterans Affairs is working with the FBI to place veterans on a list that bans them from owning firearms, according to an article by The Daily Caller that cites a previously unreleased memorandum.

This end run around the 2nd Amendment apparently starts with a veteran seeking medical care at a VA hospital. After the visit, VA officials can then add the veteran to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) for any number of shocking reasons including their personal finances and common medical decisions.

This now public backdoor gun confiscation program can then lead to unknowing veterans being raided by ATF agents who demand they turn over their previously legal firearms.

The February 27, 2012 memorandum, quoted but not published by the DC, includes wording such as:

“MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS AND THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION REGARDING THE NATIONAL INSTANT CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK SYSTEM.”

“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).”

“Data disclosed by VA to the FBI under the terms of this agreement is to be entered into the NICS Index.”

“There were 129,440 beneficiaries in the program as of July 12, 2012.”

The article quotes multiple veterans who fell victim to this program and are rightfully outraged at this attack on their Constitutional rights, especially with the years of service they have given to the country. The horror stories include a man from Texas being put on the list because he changed his banking to auto-debit and a veteran from Colorado who had ATF agents show up at his doorstep after he switched from harmful pharmaceuticals to cannabis.

“A [VA] counselor named Dr. Blair says, ‘How are you handling your finances?’,” veteran Henry Wrobel of Canton, Texas told TheDC. “I said my wife suggested, to make it a little bit easier for me, maybe use the auto-debit instead of going to the post office because it’s hard for me to drive” with injuries including two “made-up thumbs” resulting from 12 hand surgeries, a wired-on shoulder, and other ailments.

“I told him it’s working very well,” Wrobel said. The counselor “wrote down that I was unable to handle my own finances and that ‘his wife handles his finances.’ I got a letter saying that because I can’t handle my finances I’m like a felon and I can’t be around guns.”

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“I was getting real sick from the medications they had me on,” Colorado war veteran Douglas Szklarski told TheDC. “I pretty much lived in bed. Somebody brought me a joint. I started using cannabis. It started turning me around immediately. So I said I wouldn’t [take the VA pills] anymore. They said you have to take them. They deemed me incompetent.”

“I’ve had like nine doctors say I wasn’t incompetent and they still went after my guns.”

“ATF came to my house. I had to surrender them,” Szklarski said, noting that he appealed the VA’s decision. “I just got my guns back.”

This new information is even more revealing when you consider that the Department of Homeland Security and other government agencies have openly declared returning veterans as the top terror threat facing the country today. Local police have also used returning veterans as an excuse when receiving military gear from the Pentagon.

In May 2014, Mac Slavo published an article that included a photo of a homeland security document that characterized returning vets as a top threat to carry out domestic terrorism.

“While President Obama lays wreaths and Congressional representatives give lip service thanking our veterans for their sacrifice, the Department of Homeland Security operating under the directives of said Executive and Legislative branch membership warns law enforcement personnel to be on the lookout for domestic extremists who pose a threat to the United States of America.”

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2009 warning from DHS to local law enforcement

Also in May 2014, police in Morgan County, Indiana admitted that increased militarization of local law enforcement was in part due to the threat of returning veterans with skills in IED bomb making. Paul Joseph Watson wrote at the time, “In a chilling story entitled Armed for War: Pentagon surplus gives local police an edge, we learn how a Mine Resistant Vehicle (MRAP) which was once used during the occupation of Afghanistan will now be “patrolling the streets of central Indiana,” according to the report.”

“When I first started we really didn’t have the violence that we see today,” said Sgt. Dan Downing, “The weaponry is totally different now that it was in the beginning of my career, plus, you have a lot of people who are coming out of the military that have the ability and knowledge to build IEDs and to defeat law enforcement techniques.”

This is the same VA with a documented culture of, “retaliation” against whistleblowers as detailed in Congressional hearings and a report I published early last week.

“A culture of retaliation that includes accessing whistleblowers medical information to be used against them is alive and well within the Veterans Affairs Department, according to testimony given before a House Congressional subcommittee Monday.

The committee was called to discuss problems faced by whistleblowers since last years revelations showed widespread issues within the VA system that caused extremely long wait times which ultimately led to the deaths of multiple veterans. Despite promises by new VA Secretary Bob McDonald, not only do the problems remain unfixed, those that revealed the problems have faced extreme retaliation.”

The attacks on veterans in the last ten years have been so numerous that multiple articles could be written listing them all but the simple underlying fact that veterans are a threat is made crystal clear in each and every one. The latest gun confiscation scheme uncovered between the VA and the FBI may be the tipping point.

As Michael Connelly, executive director of the United States Justice Foundation, told the DC, “The [FBI] memo is particularly troubling to us because it makes it clear that the FBI is rubber-stamping the lists of veterans being sent to it by the VA and placing these veterans on the NICS list under the category of people being declared to have been ‘adjudicated as a mental defective or has been committed to a mental institution.’”

“There is a total lack of due process here, and it is never mentioned in the memo. The burden of proof is on the veterans and even if they succeed in getting the incompetency ruling reversed the VA is apparently not informing the DOJ of that so the veterans stay on the NICS list. Some veterans say that they send the info to the FBI that still refuses to move them from the list.”

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Alex Thomas is a reporter who has worked in the alternative media for over three years. His work has been featured on numerous news outlets including Infowars and RT. Alex is an exclusive weapon of Intellihub.

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