Denial, coverup, misdirection and disinformation: all are tools used by US intelligence agencies whose first priority is to ensure national security.
One way to cover up information is simply not to mention it. Agencies that are not accountable to Congress or the general public see no reason to justify their horrifyingly high budgets.
Consequently, the US budget has been drained by dark defense organizations and above-top-secret black operations.
From time to time, someone publishes a reminder that Donald Rumsfeld broadcast this dire warning the day before the infamous 9/11 attack in 2001. The Pentagon bureaucracy “could not track $2.3 trillion in transactions.”
But you won’t find that story in the mainstream media.
You won’t find this one either:
Last month (December 2017) some smart economists from Michigan State University, led by Mark Skidmore, analyzed data from the federal departments of Defense and Housing and Urban Development from 1998 to 2015. Over these 17 years, these two government agencies alone racked up $21 trillion in unauthorized spending, with $11 trillion unaccountable by the Army.
Mel Brooks got it right: “It’s good to be the king.”
For a complete description of the monetary units that compose the example below, visit Page Tutor. According to them, here is what $20+ trillion looks like:
Skidmore “believes his find indicates that there is something profoundly wrong with the budgeting process in the US federal government.” We have to agree.
Apparently, our national defense community flunked law class – as did their lawyers. Article I, Section 9, Clause 7 of the US Constitution (“The Law”) states:
“No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time.”
In other words, the Feds are guilty of operating illegally. And they know it.
Having shed light on the truth, “the Department of Defense has announced it will conduct the first department-wide, independent financial audit in its history,” according to MSU Today.
“Beginning in 2018, our audits will occur annually, with reports issued Nov. 15,” assured Defense Department Comptroller David L. Norquist.
Furthermore, the massive audit will look into DoD staff, real property, weapons, supplies, and bases. Some 1200 auditors will conduct the sweeping investigation…at taypayer expense, of course.
“It is important that the Congress and the American people have confidence in DoD’s management of every taxpayer dollar,” Norquist said.
Good luck with that, Dave.
The question no one is asking is:
Why does it take a public shaming and disclosure for our federal government agencies to begin monitoring and reporting their own expenses?
It is past time that We the Taxpayers STOP FUNDING these illegal, possibly unethical, and certainly excessive budget expenses. Haven’t you had enough of going without government transparency and accountability – not to mention THE MONEY?
Now that we know that the squeaky wheel gets the grease, CONTACT YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS to share your thoughts about government waste, fraud and abuse. Remember to be firm, but polite.