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By Investigative Journalist, Barry R. Clausen
November 24, 2014
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Our American government lied to us about “Fast and Furious” which is the case where the government gave guns to foreign counties. President Obama’s use of “Executive Privilege” in the “Fast and Furious” debacle smacks of an apparent cover-up by the actions by of some Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms (ATF) agents, Attorney General Eric Holder and possibly Obama himself.

The information in my possession regarding the Leonard Peltier case has caused federal authorities no end of consternation and myself no end of trouble. Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms (ATF) agents in Montana got creative when they initiated a contrived “investigation” in an effort to shut me up. That investigation would enable maliciously trumped charges to be brought against me by Nels Swandal the Park County, Montana Prosecuting attorney.

On February 11, 1990 when I was a deputy sheriff I was charged with felony theft of an AR-15 rifle. Even though there was no arrest warrant, it was alleged I had converted the AR-15 to a full automatic machine gun and then, allegedly, tried to blackmail Livingston, Montana rancher Allen Carter, the man who had given me the automatic weapon. According to court documents the charges were a result of an ATF “investigation.”

Montana’s Governor Mark Racicot (who I knew personally) and the state’s attorney general (the late) Joe Mazurek, would not help me obtain a copy of the investigation and prove my innocence. The two who did help despite all the negative press regarding the ATF “investigation” were two U.S. Senators, Conrad Burns (R-MT) and Slade Gorton (R-WA). With their much-appreciated help, the truth was eventually uncovered. According to ATF and government documents the “investigation” was not really an investigation but a “thorough review.” As time progressed the “thorough review” turned out to be a “review,” which turned out to be an “oral review” and there were no records.

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Top government officials including Hillary Clinton lied to us about “Benghazi” where four Americans were killed in a terrorist attack. During my lifetime I have seen numerous other incidents of lies created by our government officials told to an unsuspecting public as a ploy to further political goals or to cover-up ineptitude. This includes the August 1992 incident at Ruby Ridge where federal agents killed Randy Weaver’s wife Vicki and his son Sammy. The agencies involved were the U.S. Marshals Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and ATF. Weaver received 2.6 million dollars in a settlement from the government when the truth finally came out.

On the heels of previous Federal agency blunders why should anyone believe what the Veterans Administration (VA) tells us when they say they are correcting the problems within the organization? Why should we automatically believe what they say when they tell us that the problems within the VA are not as we have been told by the press?

Keep in mind that some courageous VA staff has come forward with facts that do not support the VA’s claims. They are labeled “whistle blowers” and in some cases they are harassed by VA officials. One of those is a nurse working out of the VA outpatient clinic at Mather/McClellan Air Force Base in California. According to that nurse she is currently on medical leave as a result of the harassment she has received after she exposed harmful and possibly illegal medical practices by at least one VA doctor employed there. The VA nurse filed written complaints to: Office Inspector General (OIG), Office of Special Counsel (OSC), Congress and Secretary of the VA Slone Gibson in June 2014 and to this day nothing has changed with the exception of the fact that the nurse has been placed on stress leave as a result of harassment and intimidation.

“The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced that the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) certified VA under OSC’s 2302(c) Whistleblower Protection Certification Program on October 3, 2014. Following through on recent recommendations from the OSC, VA worked to achieve compliance and protect employees who identify or report problems from unlawful retaliation.

“VA takes whistleblower complaints seriously and will not tolerate retaliation against those who raise issues which may enable VA to better serve Veterans,” said VA Secretary Robert McDonald. “We depend on VA employees and leaders to put the needs of Veterans first and honor VA’s core values of ‘Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence.’”

During an August 18th meeting with members of Senator Patty Murrays staff in Seattle the issue of retaliation against VA staff speaking up on the issues was discussed. I was told that retaliation cannot be used against staff. Apparently, some VA officials from Mather/McClellan, California did not get the memo as at least the one nurse is having serious problems for speaking up.

During my time in the military I received several injuries and witnessed numerous deaths that later on in life became a problem for my mental and physical well-being. With a metal right shoulder, a rebuilt right knee and years of therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) I have been able to function almost normally during most of my life.

It was not until mid-2013 and during the first part of 2014 that I received what I consider to be serious malpractice treatment by Digpal Chauhan a Veterans Administration (VA) doctor from Mather/McClellan Air Force Base that my entire life changed.It is my belief that my years of therapy went down the toilet thanks to Chauhan and currently I am back in a dark place and once again face to face with my PTSD.

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My personal case is but one of many cases known to the courageous Whistleblower at this one VA facility. How many more are there across the United States who have been lied to, mistreated, misdiagnosed and/or ignored by VA practitioners (and their supervisors) that the VA (another federal agency) knows about but will not address honestly and openly? We may never know the extent to which this system-based government controlled agency and their leaders will go to preserve the illusion that they are working to serve America’s veterans and citizens. And after all, if we cannot trust those within our government to, at the very least tell us the truth, what do we have really?

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Mr. Clausen has been a guest on over 250 U.S. and Canadian radio talk shows and TV news shows including ABC, CBS, NBC and repeatedly on FOX News. He has been featured or quoted in over 800 books, magazines and news articles including the San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Post, Vancouver Province, Canada’s B.C. Report, New York Times, Newsday, Seattle Times, Oregonian, Sacramento Bee, Christian Science Monitor, The Dallas Morning News and a lengthy article beginning on the front page of the Wall Street Journal.

Mr. Clausen’s information has been translated and used by publications in many foreign countries including Japan, Ireland, England, Turkey, Germany, France and Chile. In 1994, a film crew from Danish TV-2 flew to Seattle to interview Mr. Clausen for a television documentary about international and U.S. extremist organizations. The documentary, A MAN IN THE RAINBOW, was subsequently aired in several European countries.

His latest book "Burning Rage - The Growing Anger Within My Country," will be updated and available on Amazon.com early this spring.

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Montana’s Governor Mark Racicot (who I knew personally) and the state’s attorney general (the late) Joe Mazurek, would not help me obtain a copy of the investigation and prove my innocence.