When the Pentagon’s news service announced “the Defense Department is starting the first agency-wide financial audit in its history,” deep state operatives in the intelligence community started scrambling to clean up their messes. When the final report gets released this fall, the looming Pentagon audit will finally shine the glaring light of truth into the dark corners of black budget ultra-covert operations.
All sorts of interesting questions are swirling around in the wake of the recent FBI Trump Tower spy scandal. Who and where did Barack Obama’s corrupt administration trickle cash to? How much went to Hamas? Did U.S. dollars pay for Chinese fighter planes? Pakistan’s nuclear program? Spying on American citizens? The idea of a Pentagon audit was tossed around nearly twenty years ago when Donald Rumsfeld reported being “unable to track” $2.3 trillion dollars. That time, it was diffused.
Just because the money can’t be “tracked,” does not mean it is either missing or misappropriated, accounting experts insisted. It’s around somewhere, they just don’t know where it got off to.
According to Edward Snowden, the charity began at home. “Counterintelligence funds were apparently diverted at the last minute in an attempt to shore up defenses when WikiLeaks began to publish leaks revealing details of the intelligence community.”
That kind of loose change can’t possibly be under the seat cushions. Now that President Donald Trump is in office, he wants to know where the money was really going. This time we may actually find out because the inquisition is already underway.
When Congress prepares a spending bill, they go over every single line item they appropriate funds to. After that money gets passed out, nobody knows where it goes. Especially when the checks get written to the Pentagon.
Military bigwigs are always cagey about what they spend money on, saying it will compromise national security. The argument that an audit could expose sensitive material “is weak,” one think-tank pundit explains.
“Congress already publicly debates the defense budget down to the line item level on a near-constant basis. Those of us outside of the bureaucracy are also invited to critique and contribute to that debate. What none of us currently know, however, is the other half of the equation. When taxpayer dollars are appropriated for a particular program, how are those dollars actually spent, and what is our return on investment? These answers should help policymakers increase national security, not compromise it.”
On one side of the intelligence fence, Project Cassandra was monitoring Iranian sponsored terror group Hezbollah as they “funneled cocaine into the United States.”
Over 30 agencies across the globe coordinated with wiretaps, informants, and undercover operations. That is, until the investigation was about to unmask the top leaders. Black budget money may have paid for that coke.
“The agents traced the conspiracy, they believed, to the innermost circle of Hezbollah and its state sponsors in Iran,” insiders revealed.
That is when “Obama administration officials threw an increasingly insurmountable series of roadblocks” in the investigation’s way. “Officials at the Justice and Treasury departments delayed, hindered, or rejected their requests.”
That makes it look like they were playing the other side of the fence at the same time.
The State Department seems to be more interested in protecting “a Lebanese bank that allegedly laundered billions in alleged drug profits, and a central player in a U.S.-based cell of the Iranian paramilitary Quds force.”
In March of 2016, the Defense Department’s Inspector General released a report about the use of “military spy drones in the United States,” marked “For Official Use Only.”
The unredacted version proves at least 20 times where “surveillance drones” were illegally used over American soil between 2006 and 2015.
That costs money. The government isn’t allowed to spend money on illegal activities so it comes from a “black budget.”
“As the nation winds down these wars… assets become available to support other combatant command or U.S. agencies, the appetite to use them in the domestic environment to collect airborne imagery continues to grow,” the report warned
From Police in Baltimore, Maryland to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Phoenix, Arizona, American citizens are now under a wide dragnet of surveillance. Not just photography, the latest technology identifies and tracks people by their cell phones.
“Taxpayers must have trust and confidence that their hard-earned dollars are being spent wisely,” the former accountant maintains.
Even though this is a gargantuan task, once the ball gets rolling it will be much easier to keep it going. The process will continue year after year from now on thanks to a president who actually keeps his campaign promises.
“Beginning in 2018, our audits will occur annually, with reports issued Nov. 15,” the Defense Department’s comptroller, David L. Norquist, promises.
The Pentagon says they need more money for that. They will now have to pay “2,400 auditors to go over records and examine bases, property, and weapons of a federal department that had a budget of $590 billion last year.”