I’m certainly not.
This is what John Hoge said:
I wouldn’t bet on the Cabin Boy finding out who complained to VA. Most such complaints are made anonymously, and according the VA Inspector General’s website, the VA is prohibited by 5 U.S.C. 552a from divulging the name of the complainant to the person who is the subject of the complaint.
The VA website says it, not John Hoge, which only requires second grade level reading comprehension to understand.
Actual text from the website:
What are the privacy safeguards concerning Hotline case referrals?
Hotline cases and complaints are official records covered by the Privacy Act, 5 U.S.C. §552a. Hotline case referrals are provided to non-OIG offices for review and response on an official-need-to-know basis only, and must not be released to the subjects of Hotline complaints or cases.
Although the subject of a complaint may provide a response during the course of the review, they are not authorized by OIG to receive a copy of the allegations or the case referral. The response to the case referral is part of the OIG Hotline file, and its release is subject to OIG approval.
If the person to whom Schmalfeldt communicated with did share information against VA policy, then that person would be subject to investigation and possible penalties. I would imagine that the system would reveal the ID of the person working the support case. Just search “Schmalfeldt” as the caller.
Notice that Schmalfeldt doesn’t share the name. In fact, he taunts Hoge with this:
If it wasn’t you, Johnny me lad, nothing to worry about. If it was, start worrying.
Why would he need to say that?
Imagine what would happen if a name was given. Who would Schmalfeldt report it to? The police? Isn’t that like reporting to the police that someone checked the wrong box on say, a Petition for No Contact Order? Wonder how that would work out?
And why would he need to give bank information to remove the suspension on his benefits account if he had all other PII? Perhaps there was a banking problem because his bank account was supposedly frozen/not frozen/online access suspended and he needed to provide it again?
I have extreme doubts about this story. He’s just trying to bolster his conspiracy that us Hoge Lickspittles are in a vast alt-right wing conspiracy. I will bear witness that none of us belong to such a group because we all voted not to use “alt-right wing” nor “conspiracy” in the group name.
But let’s say it were true that he was able to cajole a name. I would imagine the person who reported Schmalfeldt saw what Schmalfeldt tweeted, might file another case saying Schmalfeldt received information that he shouldn’t have.
Way to go, dumbass.
Update: I apparently didn’t finish a sentence before scheduling the post. It has to do with reporting the person to the police. Screwed up that joke…