[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]
Re: Real Example of privacy violation in THE US SENATE
In doing some reading the other night I came across a startling
example of a privacy violation in, of all places, Congress.
In 1989, during the John-Tower-for-Secretary-of-Defence, U.S.
Senate hearings, it was disclosed by several people, among
them an Air Force sergent, Robert Jackson, that John Tower
had been allegedly seen 'drunk' at work on numerous occasions.
In defense of Mr. Tower, a certain Senator from Arizona, who is
reportedly on the GOP short list for Vice President, in a blistering
attack on the sergent, allegedly USED HIS MILITARY CONTACTS
to obtain Air Force psychiatric files on the sergent, which he
obtained, AND REPORTEDLY READ ALOUD IN FRONT OF THE
U.S. SENATE; therefore the remarks and excerpts of the
privileged medical files were made part of the United States
Congressional Record, as a part of the personal attack upon
the witness. This was apparently done without the knowledge or
approval of the Air Force sergent, nor did the sergent
allegedly sign any release allowing access to such files.
This would appear to be a move of questionable ethics,
a possible violation of the Privacy Act of 1974, and a
perfect example of the abuse of and misuse of medical
files. I would refer anyone who wishes to dispute this
allegation to the congressional record of the 1989
hearings, before the U.S. Senate. Speaking of moral
responsibility, ethics, and Personal responsibility, and
CHARACTER, I cite this example of the ways we, as
a nation, so casually abuse our laws and ethical
boundaries, for personal or political gain, at the
expense of patient privacy and confidentiality.