It's about competence, among other things

If the Bush administration is so concerned about Americans' privacy, why did the VA wait two weeks to report data theft?

Tim Grieve
May 24, 2006 5:29PM (UTC)

George W. Bush, May 13, 2006: "The privacy of all Americans is fiercely protected in all our activities."

News reports, May 24, 2006: The Department of Veterans Affairs, warned for years that its information-security efforts were inadequate, waited two weeks before asking the FBI to help investigate the theft of data on 26.5 million veterans from the home of a VA analyst who shouldn't have had it there in the first place.

Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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