All $585 billion and more, e.g., for the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts, of your money—is not just unaudited, but, in the sober judgment of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) of the Congress, this vast military budget is year after year UNAUDITABLE.
That means that the Congressional auditors cannot obtain the basic accounting data to do their job on your behalf.
H.R. 942, the “Audit the Pentagon Act of 2014,” is supported by both Democrats and Republicans in the House of Representatives.
In the statement announcing this legislation, the sponsors declared “The Treasury Department’s Financial Report of the US Government for fiscal year 2012 shows the DOD yet again has nothing to audit—its books are a mess.
In the last dozen years, the Pentagon has broken every promise to Congress about when DOD would pass an audit. Meanwhile, Congress doubled Pentagon spending.”
Republican right-winger, Mike Conaway (Rep. TX) used to be a CPA in private life. At a Congressional hearing in 2011, he told Defense Secretary Robert Gates: “I go home to folks in West Texas, and when they find out the Department of Defense can’t be audited, they are stunned.”
[MY NOTE: "STUNNED"?
HE STILL VOTED TO EXPAND THAT BUDGET EVERY BLOODY TIME!
His constituents may be more stunned to learn that their Congressman also voted for all expanding defense budgets, which is why H.R. 942 is going nowhere unless the people rally to make auditing the Pentagon a presidential election issue.
WE, THE PEOPLE CAN DO SOMETHING TO MAKE THIS CHANGE?
YES, MOST DEFINITELY!
IT JUST TAKES DETERMINATION AND DEDICATION TO FORCING OUR ELECTEDS TO DO WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE.
AND IF THEY DON'T, WE VOTE THE BASTARDS OUT!
WHAT CONGRESS NEEDS TO SEE IS A MANIFESTO BY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT DICTATES TO THEM OUR DEMANDS AND EXPLICITLY OUTLINES WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF OUR DEMANDS ARE NOT MET.
AND THEN, WE NEED TO STICK TO THOSE DEMANDS AND CONSEQUENCES, NO EXCUSES, NO EXCEPTIONS.
WE'VE ALLOWED CONGRESS TO DICTATE TO US, THEIR LEGAL BOSSES, AND IGNORE OUR WISHES, OUR DIRECTIVES FOR FAR TOO LONG.
AS MY GRANDPA USED TO SAY ABOUT POLITICIANS, "IF YOU DON'T PUT THE 'FEAR OF GOD' IN 'EM, THEY'LL RUN ALL OVER US."
HE WAS RIGHT.
AS SOON AS THEY REALIZE WE MEAN BUSINESS, THAT WE WILL REMOVE THEM FROM OFFICE, THINGS SHOULD GREATLY IMPROVE.
FOR NOW, HOWEVER, HYPOCRITES ABOUND....
"Secretary Gates and his successor Secretary Panetta agree with Rep. Conway’s observations. Yet it has seemed that the military—this huge expanse of bureaucracy, which owns 25 million acres (over seven times the size of Connecticut) and owns over 500,000 buildings in the U.S. and around the world—is beyond anybody’s control, including that of the Secretaries of Defense, their own internal auditors, the President, tons of GAO audits publicly available, and the Congress.
How can this be?
Enormous scandal after enormous scandal is reported by newspapers such as Reuters, the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal and by news services such as Associated Press and ProPublica.
Citizen groups from the Left and Right excoriate this runaway budget, including the national Taxpayers Union, POGO, and Taxpayers for Common Sense.
TO NO AVAIL!
[MY NOTE: TO NO AVAIL BECAUSE NO ONE IS DOGGEDLY MAKING A STAND AND DEMANDING CHANGE AND PROVIDING STRONG CONSEQUENCES FOR CONGRESS' FAILURE TO SERVE THE AMERICAN PUBLIC, NOT THE MILITARY-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX, NOT WALL STREET, AND NOT THE FEDERAL RESERVE.
CONGRESS OWES ITS ALLEGIANCE TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC.
TIME THEY REALIZED THE PEOPLE DO HAVE THE AUTHORITY, THE CONSTITUTIONAL POWER TO ERASE THEM FROM THE OFFICES THEY PAY MILLIONS TO GAIN AND HOLD.
TIME FOR AMERICANS TO MANDATE TERMS...THEY SERVE US OR WE SERVE THEM TERMINATION NOTICES AND RIDE THEM OUT OF WASHINGTON ON RAILS, TARRED AND FEATHERED, AND THEN TRY THEM FOR TREASON.
IT IS TREASON! ]
"Have you heard of the $43 million natural gas station in Afghanistan that was supposed to cost $500,000?
Do you know about the $150 million villas that were built for corporate contractors in Afghanistan so they could spend another $600 million advising Afghans about starting private businesses in that war-torn country?
Or how about purchase of billions of dollars of spare parts because the Army or Air Force didn’t know the whereabouts of existing spare parts in forgotten warehouses here and there?
What about the $9 billion the Pentagon admitted could not be accounted for in Iraq during the first several months of the invasion?
[MY NOTE: What about the $2 trillion PLUS that Rumsfeld announced was missing, unaccounted for by the Pentagon the day BEFORE the 9/11 attack that destroyed JUST the accounting offices and all those records at the Pentagon?
HOW CONVENIENT THAT ALL THAT WAS WIPED OUT...JUST SAYING...]
The list goes on, together with massive cost over-runs by the private contractors that are rewarded with more contracts."
[ MY NOTE: REWARDED AFTER EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM HAS BEEN FINED AND BUSTED FOR EVERYTHING FROM LYING ABOUT COSTS TO MURDER, HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND RAPING CHILDREN AND WOMEN.
NO MATTER WHAT WE CATCH THOSE GOVERNMENT CONTRACTORS DOING, CONGRESS CHOOSES THE SAME CRIMINALS, OVER AND OVER AGAIN TO HAND NEW CONTRACTS TO.
"The IRS has been paying millions to tax-cheat contractors who owe millions of dollars in debt to the federal government, the agency’s inspector general said Wednesday in a report that notes the payments even break federal law.
Officials awarded $18.8 million in contracts to 17 companies with tax debts in 2012 and 2013 — despite a 2012 law that requires contractors to be caught up on their payments in order to do business with the agency."
THE MAJORITY IN CONGRESS REFUSE TO PROSECUTE OR END CONTRACTS WITH CRIMINAL COMPANIES.Civilian Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act (CEJA): Federal Contractor
Quoting from the CEJA:
"At one point, [the U.S. government] employed over 200,000 civilian contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan alone.
[W]e can conservatively estimate that nearly 500,000 civilian employees, dependents, and contractors of the U.S. government currently enjoy de facto immunity form meaningful criminal accountability.... Of this number, approximately 340,000 are Americans ...
Events in Iraq in 2007 raised questions about whether these provisions are sufficient to apply to allegations of misconduct by contractors employed by agencies other than the Department of Defense.
At the time, the [BUSH] Administration objected [to] the bill...[said it] would burden the Defense Department with implementation responsibilities...
The Senate took no action on the House-passed bill in the 110th Congress.
Modified proposals were reintroduced in the 111th Congress.
Witnesses at congressional hearings discussed the matter, but no further legislative activity occurred ”
PEOPLE, PLEASE, READ THAT PDF FILE!
IT'S ONLY 19 PAGES LONG, BUT THE NOTES ALONE ARE EYE-OPENING.
READ...LEARN...SEE THE FACTS.
REALIZE WE HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE THINGS.
THE PENTAGON SHORTCHANGES OUR TROOPS WHILE OVERPAYING THE CONTRACTORS WHO ARE CHEATING THEM!
"Soldiers get dirty drinking water, bad food, inadequate equipment, and security breaches by these contractors."
THE FOLLOWING 4 ARTICLES WILL OPEN YOUR EYES TO HOW BADLY OUR AMERICAN TROOPS HAVE BEEN SCREWED BY GOVERNMENT CONTRACTORS.
WHAT WAS DONE WAS CRIMINAL, BUT THOSE SAME CONTRACTORS ARE STILL ON THE GOVERNMENT PAYROLL!
"In the final analysis, the principal culprits, because they have so much to lose in profits and bonuses, are the giant defense companies like Lockheed Martin, Boeing, General Dynamics, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman and others that lobby Congress, Congressional District by Congressional District, for more, more, more military contracts, grants and subsidies."
They routinely hire ex-Pentagon specialists and top brass who know how to negotiate the ways and means inside of the government.
President Eisenhower sure knew what he was talking about. Remember, he warned not just about taxpayer waste, but a Moloch eating away at our liberties and our critical domestic necessities."
"NOT OUR PRIME DIRECTIVE TO SUBMIT TO AUDIT"
"Mike McCord, the Pentagon’s chief financial officer, has some startling explanations for why the Department is not ready for an audit.
It’s not the Department’s “primary mission,” he says, which is “to defend the nation, fight and win wars.”
He continues: “We’re too big to just sort of blow up all our systems and go buy one new, gargantuan IT system that runs the entire Department.”
Where are the accounting standards groups when we need them to speak up?
Mr. McCord certainly knows how to enhance his job security.
Why no Pentagon audit?
Too big to audit?
Just too many scandals, too much waste, gigantic weapon system redundancies, overlaps between military branches, and many sinecures in bloated, inflexible bureaucracies, so often condemned by commanding generals in the field."
NOT ONLY THE STATUS OF OUR ENTIRE GOVERNMENT IS AT STAKE HERE, BUT ALSO THE SAFETY OF OUR TROOPS ON THE GROUND IN AREAS OF EXTREME DANGER AND HOSTILITY.
CONGRESS WILL NEVER ACT ON ANYTHING TRULY IMPORTANT TO AMERICANS UNLESS WE MAKE THEM DO SO.
WE CAN MAKE THEM!
IF WE DON'T MAKE THEM COME IN LINE AND PUT THIS NATION BACK ON TRACK AS A GREAT NATION, AS A NATION THE REST OF THE WORLD ADMIRES, AS A NATION WHERE, WE, THE PEOPLE ARE IN FULL CONTROL AND DEMAND CHANGES, WE ARE THE ONLY ONES WE CAN BLAME FOR FAILURE, FOR ECONOMIC RUIN, FOR CHAOS, FOR RIOTING AND LAWLESSNESS AND, EVENTUALLY, MARTIAL LAW.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT, OBAMA, AS WELL AS SANDERS AND CLINTON, WANT TO "BAN THE BOX" ON APPLICATION FORMS FOR GOVERNMENT CONTRACT WORKERS THAT QUESTIONS THEIR PREVIOUS CONVICTIONS OF FELONIES.
THIS WOULD MAKE IT IMPOSSIBLE TO SCREEN JOB APPLICANTS FOR CERTAIN CRIMES, INCLUDING SEX CRIMES AND HOMOCIDES.
WHETHER DEMOCRAT OR REPUBLICAN, OUR CONGRESS AND OUR OVAL OFFICE ARE RUNAWAY TRAINS, UNBRIDLED WILD THINGS GONE RAMPANT AND RABID.
WE MUST DO SOMETHING NOW....IF IT'S NOT ALREADY TOO LATE, OR....EVEN IF IT IS.
WHAT AMERICA 2016 NEEDS MOST IS ANOTHER 1776.
WE MUST BE WILLING TO REBEL, DO WHATEVER WE MUST TO TAKE AMERICA BACK AND RESTORE HER TO GREATNESS, SANITY, HONOR, PROSPERITY.
WE, THE PEOPLE MUST STEP UP AND BECOME THE RIGHTFUL SOVEREIGNS WHO DICTATE TO OUR FEDERAL EMPLOYEES, OUR CONGRESSMEN, OUR PRESIDENT, THE PENTAGON (AND ITS CONTRACTORS) THAT THEY MUST KEEP THEIR OATHS TO UPHOLD OUR CONSTITUTION, CONDUCT THIS GOVERNMENT "OF, FOR AND BY THE PEOPLE".
THEY CAN CHOOSE TO SERVE US AND PROTECT US ALL AND UPHOLD THE ORIGINAL CONSTITUTION OR THEY CAN BE FIRED, DISMISSED, TERMINATED, AND ALL 'CONTRACTS' CANCELLED.