The Army spied on one of its most decorated soldiers, going so far as to search through the trash of Medal of Honor recipient Will Swenson. Why? Because he was mentioned in a book review on Amazon.com. The Daily Beast’s Jacob Siegal, who broke the story Feb. 26, describes the event as one of a number of cases where the Army has launched investigations of high-profile soldiers, only to have the investigations themselves come under scrutiny.
This all started because Swenson was loosely linked to a 2011 Amazon.com book review by Army Maj. Matthew Golsteyn of Bing West’s book “The Wrong War.” Golsteyn is a decorated Green Beret who was later accused of violating the military’s rules of engagement for killing a known bomb maker while deployed to Afghanistan in 2010. Though no charges were ever brought against Golsteyn, the allegations were enough to have his Silver Star revoked, and the very mention of Swenson in association with him became enough “evidence” to tie the two together in some undisclosed --- and in the case of Swenson probably nonexistent --- crime.
According to sources familiar with the investigation, the Army may have been searching for something to quiet the Medal of Honor recipient, who is known as much for his heroism as he is for his scathing criticism of the Army’s leadership.
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President Donald Trump hands a pen to Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie during a spending bill signing ceremony at VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, in Las Vegas. (Associated Press/Evan Vucci)
The Trump administration wants to shift billions of dollars from government-run veterans' hospitals to private health care providers. That's true even though earlier this year the administration vehemently denied it would privatize any part of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The privatization of essential government services is nothing new, of course. Over the years, countries have privatized dozens of services and activities that were once the sole domain of governments, such as the provision of electricity and water, road operations and prisons and even health care, with the ostensible aim of making them more efficient.
But before going down that road, the question needs to be asked whether privatizing essential human services such as those for military veterans serves the public interest. New research we recently published suggests that privatization may come at a social cost.