- Obama shortens sentence of inmate from Cape (1/19/17)9
- Business notebook: Jackson salon owner also opens a clothing store (1/16/17)
- Area hospitals hope a box helps prevent infant deaths (1/19/17)6
- Jackson police describe night of anger, car crashes, drug possession by 18-year-old (1/22/17)5
- Two subjects of interest in 1992 homicide to take polygraph tests (1/15/17)8
- Meat-processing plant faces $70K penalty for Clean Water Act violations (1/17/17)4
- Cape SportsPlex contractor offers a look at the project (1/15/17)14
- Local students to perform with choir at inauguration (1/19/17)3
- Southeast to lose $3.5 million from state in budget cuts (1/18/17)21
- Subjects of interest in 1992 killing take polygraph tests; results not revealed (1/18/17)2
Our debt to veterans
The revelation that personal information about 26.5 million U.S. veterans was stolen from the home of a Veterans Affairs data analyst raises many questions. None of the answers is likely to make the veterans or anyone else feel better about the security of their records.
The information stolen included names, birth dates and Social Security numbers but no financial or medical information.
At least one person is sure to be fired for improperly taking the information home, but the incident underscores previous questions about security at the VA. Investigators now say the employee had been taking data home for three years.
Moreover, whatever precautions we take to protect our identities never seem sufficient to prevent information from getting into the hands of people who aren't supposed to have it.
The Veterans Administration has much to answer for allowing weeks to pass before revealing the theft, making it that much more difficult for the veterans and law enforcement to prevent the information from being used illegally.
The debt this nation owes its veterans is immeasurable. Now we must assure that every one of them is protected from being hurt by this massive blunder.