U.S. Army Fudged Its Accounts By Trillions of Dollars, Auditor Finds

U.S. Army Fudged Its Accounts By Trillions of Dollars, Auditor Finds:

The United States Army’s finances are so jumbled it had to make trillions of dollars of improper accounting adjustments to create an illusion that its books are balanced.

The Defense Department’s Inspector General, in a June report, said the Army made $2.8 trillion in wrongful adjustments to accounting entries in one quarter alone in 2015, and $6.5 trillion for the year. Yet the Army lacked receipts and invoices to support those numbers or simply made them up….

“Where is the money going? Nobody knows,” said Franklin Spinney, a retired military analyst for the Pentagon and critic of Defense Department planning.

The significance of the accounting problem goes beyond mere concern for balancing books, Spinney said. Both presidential candidates have called for increasing defense spending amid current global tension….

DFAS also could not make accurate year-end Army financial statements because more than 16,000 financial data files had vanished from its computer system.

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Pentagon’s Sloppy Bookkeeping Means $6,500,000,000,000 Can’t Be Accounted For

Pentagon’s Sloppy Bookkeeping Means $6,500,000,000,000 Can’t Be Accounted For:

The Defense Department over the years has been notorious for its lax accounting practices. The Pentagon has never completed an audit of how they actually spend the trillions of dollars on wars, equipment, personnel, housing, healthcare and procurements.

An increasingly impatient Congress has demanded that the Army achieve “audit readiness” for the first time by Sept. 30, 2017…. But Pentagon watchdogs think that may be mission impossible, and for good reason.

A Department of Defense inspector general’s report released last week offered a jaw-dropping insight into just how bad the military’s auditing system is.

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Weapons Stolen From Arms Room on US Military Base in Germany

Weapons Stolen From Arms Room on US Military Base in Germany:

Special agents from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command are investigating the theft of guns and other military equipment from a base arms room in Stuttgart, military officials said….

The Army did not identify all the items stolen or the unit targeted, citing the active investigation. A possible breach of the base fence is also part of the ongoing probe.

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FOX News “Terror Expert” Sentenced to Prison For Lying About Background, Duping the Government

FOX News “Terror Expert” Sentenced to Prison For Lying About Background, Duping the Government:

A man who falsely claimed for decades to be a CIA agent and worked as the FOX News “Terror Expert” has now been sentenced to 33 months in prison, according to prosecutors, as cited by Reuters….

Simmons had previously listed himself as a “CIA operative,” and had appeared as a guest contributor since April 2003 under that assumed role. Reuters noted a grand jury indicted the former Fox News contributor in October for fraudulently posing as an “Outside Paramilitary Special Operations Officer” for the Central Intelligence Agency for decades….

According to the statement, Simmons’ jobs during that period had nothing at all to do with the CIA. This FOX News expert’s previous jobs included nightclub doorman, bookie, manager of a rent-by-the-hour hot tub business, mortgage broker and defensive back for the National Football League’s New Orleans Saints.

Simmons didn’t just fool the fools at FOX News either. The US government sought out this former doorman’s expertise as well. According to the statement, Simmons defrauded the government in 2008 when he got work as a team leader in an Army program, and again in 2010 when he was deployed to Afghanistan as an intelligence adviser.

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After Army, Dallas Shooter Worked For Defense Contractor General Dynamics

After Army, Dallas Shooter Worked For Defense Contractor General Dynamics:

Johnson graduated in 2009 from John Horn High School in Mesquite, where he participated in JROTC, the high school officer training program, according to the school district….

He joined the Army Reserve the same year he completed high school, serving with the 420th engineering brigade….

The following year, he was deployed to Afghanistan for 12 months. Several soldiers who served with him told The Dallas Morning News that they had been ordered not to discuss him.

One family friend said Johnson had changed when he returned from overseas.

“He was withdrawn, didn’t want to talk to people anymore, didn’t believe in God anymore,” said Myrtle Booker, 62, who knew his mother through church.

His interest in guns had grown, she said.

“But all that hating white people – no, we didn’t know any of that.”…

At some point, Johnson appears to have worked at General Dynamics, a defense company with offices in Richardson. A woman who answered the phone there Friday said he’d been an employee. People at the business said employees had been told not to talk to the media. A spokeswoman for the parent company would not confirm or deny his employment.

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U.S. Army Minister Leaves “Imperial” Military to Protest “Unaccountable Killing,” “Policy of Terror”

U.S. Army Minister Leaves “Imperial” Military to Protest “Unaccountable Killing,” “Policy of Terror”:

U.S. Army Reserve chaplain Chris Antal wrote an open letter to President Obama in April announcing his resignation. In the letter…, he excoriated the Executive Branch for giving itself “the right to kill anyone, anywhere on earth, at any time, for secret reasons, based on secret evidence, in a secret process, undertaken by unidentified officials.”

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Thanks For Your Service, But Don’t Tell the Kids About It (We Need Them to Enlist)

Thanks For Your Service, But Don’t Tell the Kids About It (We Need Them to Enlist):

The benefits of military service are never free. We pay the price for the rest of our lives.

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