Aug. 9, 2006
Aug. 9, 2006 -- The latest theft of personal data belonging to the Veterans Affairs Department is worse than originally reported. Data, including medical information, on 38,000, not the originally reported 20,000 veterans, was stolen from a Unisys contractor office in Reston, Virginia. As previously reported by WMR, the pandemic of thefts of personal data is part of a covert and illegal operation to populate Total Information Awareness surveillance databases. It was also revealed that there were two other thefts of personal data from the VA in May of this year and last year. The thefts resulted in the loss by VA employees in Minneapolis and Indianapolis of personal data on over 16,000 veterans. Senators Harry Reid, John Kerry, and Patrick Leahy are urging that Veterans Affairs Secretary Jim Nicholson be fired. Pennsylvania Republican Senator Rick Santorum has rushed to Nicholson's defense.