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Forum Post: “$8.5 TRILLION In Taxpayer Money Doled Out By Congress To The Pentagon Since 1996 … Has NEVER Been Accounted For”

Posted 10 months ago on Nov. 26, 2013, 1:16 a.m. EST by greenanarchosyndicalist (85)
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http://www.zerohedge.com/contributed/2013-11-18/%E2%80%9C85-trillion-taxpayer-money-doled-out-congress-pentagon-1996-%E2%80%A6-has-never-been

Submitted by George Washington

We’ve repeatedly documented that military waste and fraud are the core problems with the U.S. economy.

For example, we’ve noted that we wouldn’t be in this crisis of hitting the debt ceiling in the first place if we hadn’t spent so much money on unnecessary wars … which are horrible for the economy.

But it goes far beyond actual fighting. We could easily slash the military and security budget without reducing our national security.

For example, homeland security agencies wasted money on seminars like “Did Jesus Die for Klingons Too?” and training for a “zombie apocalypse” instead of actually focusing on anti-terror efforts.

Republican Senator Tom Coburn notes that the Department of Defense can reduce $67.9 billion over 10 years by eliminating the non-defense programs that have found their way into the budget for the Department of Defense.

BusinessWeek and Bloomberg point out that we could slash military spending without harming our national security. Indeed, we could slash boondoggles that even the generals don’t want.

BusinessWeek provides a list of cost-cutting measures which will not undermine national security. American Conservative does the same.

Moreover, we’ve shown that the military wastes and “loses” (cough) trillions of dollars. See this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this and this.

The former Secretary of Defense acknowledged in May 2012 that the DOD “is the only major federal agency that cannot pass an audit today.” The Pentagon will not be ready for an audit for another five years, according to Panetta.

Reuters quantifies these numbers today:

The Pentagon is the only federal agency that has not complied with a law that requires annual audits of all government departments. That means that the $8.5 trillion in taxpayer money doled out by Congress to the Pentagon since 1996, the first year it was supposed to be audited, has never been accounted for. That sum exceeds the value of China’s economic output last year.

Bonus: Bill Clinton On NSA Spying: “We Are On The Verge Of Having The Worst Of All Worlds: We’ll Have No Security And No Privacy” Posted on November 18, 2013 by WashingtonsBlog Former Presidents and Vice Presidents Agree: Mass Surveillance Is Destroying Our Country

Bill Clinton said (via Agence France-Presse):

“The question is when, if ever, is the government justified in going beyond the patterns to listen to telephone calls, read emails, read text messages, and who’s supposed to decide that?”


The fact that Snowden was able to receive a top-secret security clearance despite having only been a contractor for several months “made me think that we are on the verge of having the worst of all worlds: We’ll have no security and no privacy” ….

He’s right. Top security experts say that mass spying interferes with U.S. counter-terror efforts (more here and here) and harms web security.

And it is totally destroying our privacy.

Clinton isn’t the only former president to slam mass surveillance. Jimmy Carter said that NSA spying on Americans meant that “America has no functioning democracy”. And Clinton’s VP – Al Gore – says it constitutes “crimes against the Constitution of the United States”.

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[-] 2 points by greenanarchosyndicalist (85) 10 months ago

there is your wake up call people.

[-] 1 points by prospector22 (185) from Brooklyn, NY 10 months ago

The corruption of our government at just about every level and branch.. is just about complete, and it's going to take a powerful people's movement to correct it.

[-] 1 points by greenanarchosyndicalist (85) 10 months ago

http://www.reuters.com/investigates/pentagon/#article/part2

"Just weeks into his new job as secretary of defense under President George W. Bush, Donald Rumsfeld stated the problem: “Our financial systems are decades old. According to some estimates, we cannot track $2.3 trillion in transactions.” The importance of the issue, he said in a speech at the Pentagon, was not “about business practices, nor is the goal to improve figures on the bottom line. It's really about the security of the United States of America. And let there be no mistake, it is a matter of life and death.”

That was Sept. 10, 2001. The next day, al Qaeda hijacked commercial airliners and flew them into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. It would be nearly a decade before Pentagon accounting drew the attention of Congress."

a little surprised rueters closed their investigation with this.

[-] 2 points by Nevada1 (4684) 9 months ago

The 9/11 Pentagon blast just happened to destroy an office, killing accountants investigating missing money. Also missing was the commercial airliner.

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[-] 1 points by Nevada1 (4684) 9 months ago

Good article. Thanks for getting the truth out.

[-] 1 points by greenanarchosyndicalist (85) 9 months ago

no problem. you have to be a moron to buy the company line.

[-] 1 points by greenanarchosyndicalist (85) 10 months ago

you are a stooge. did you even read it? here is the rueters investigation. http://www.reuters.com/investigates/pentagon/#article/part2

"Just weeks into his new job as secretary of defense under President George W. Bush, Donald Rumsfeld stated the problem: “Our financial systems are decades old. According to some estimates, we cannot track $2.3 trillion in transactions.” The importance of the issue, he said in a speech at the Pentagon, was not “about business practices, nor is the goal to improve figures on the bottom line. It's really about the security of the United States of America. And let there be no mistake, it is a matter of life and death.”

That was Sept. 10, 2001. The next day, al Qaeda hijacked commercial airliners and flew them into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. It would be nearly a decade before Pentagon accounting drew the attention of Congress." ahhhh i smell motive.

[-] 0 points by shoozTroll (17632) 10 months ago

Excuse me? I'm a ......WHAT?

Anything like this, that starts after Reagan is bullshit.

And.......At least I read your link.......You ignored mine.

Look up and understand MMT, and you will understand what I said.

Then you end it ALL with thinly veiled 9/11 truther stuff?

Yeah, I smell a motive too.

[-] 1 points by greenanarchosyndicalist (85) 10 months ago

obviously you didnt read the reuters story. that was a direct quote from their story.

[-] 0 points by shoozTroll (17632) 10 months ago

Even more obviously you don't understand MMT.

Therefore you resort to 9/11 truther bullshit??

Now about those tyrannists in Michigan.

Any thoughts at all?

BTW, I did read it, in spite of your original link to an Alex Jones favorite, and NO word at all about Reagan.

Nada.

The tyranny in Michigan is increasing "right" before our eyes, but you would have to read it.

The question is.

Will you?

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[-] 1 points by greenanarchosyndicalist (85) 9 months ago

that "9-11 truther bullshit" were the very last words in the reuters report. go back to sleep shooz.

[-] 0 points by shoozTroll (17632) 9 months ago

Go back to prisonplanet. They know everything about physics.

http://rt.com/usa/noam-chomsky-911-truthers-342/

WTFU!!

or stay at prisonplanet and get the word out on bigfoot!

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