The U.S. Army has been falsifying its accounting records to the tune of $6.5 trillion for the year, according to a recent report by Department of Defense auditors. And the Department of Defense has been falsifying its accounting on a massive scale for years, as was reported by Reuters in 2013 and others stretching back to at least 2001. A private company or individual would have probably been arrested years ago for such practices, but the government will never arrest itself. Yet the taxpayers need to penalize this flagrant behavior. Other government departments regularly pass audits, but the sacrosanct DOD, shielded by "national security," is apparently exempt from such annoyances. And yet given the recent hyped threat environment, despite the actual very low probability of terrorist attacks, and the usual desire in a presidential election to avoid appearing "unpatriotic," both presidential candidates have pledged to lavish even more cash on defense – despite its already getting a massive $573 billion in 2016.
Yet how can we get much "national security" if the Army, DoD, Congress, and the public cannot tell how trillions of taxpayer dollars are being spent? The fraudulent data in DOD accounting systems render them essentially useless for making resource and management decisions.
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DOD is a piggy bank for defense companies and a surrogate military force for Israel and the US deep state.
If we want to be "safer", we should throw the generals and admirals in jail alongside the Clintons and their neocon buddies.