Uncontrollable—Pentagon and Corporate Contractors Too Big to Audit

DjPe5h Thu, 03/24/2016 - 10:15

By Ralph Nader

March 17, 2016

The Reuters report put this colossal dereliction simply: “A law in effect since 1992 requires annual audits of all federal agencies—and the Pentagon alone has never complied.”

All $585 billion and more, e.g., for the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts, of your money—not just unaudited, but, in the sober judgement 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.

Auditing the Department of Defense receives left/right support, from Senator Bernie Sanders (Dem. VT) to Senator Ted Cruz (Rep. TX).

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.”


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who want the Pentagon audited is telling. There are likely principled folks on both sides, but the status quo will likely hold. Why? Because there is a majority on both sides of the aisle that are unprincipled statists. I would also like to see the police demilitarized, and the Bill of Rights restored.

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This excerpt from the article is particularly troubling...

"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, District by 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."



And it SKEWS the reason we have a military in the first place which is to DEFEND OUR COUNTRY - NOT for the profiteering of influential weapons-makers who control our congress and our foreign policy TO OUR DETRIMENT.

IT MAKES US LESS SAFE AS AMERICANS - both here and abroad.

These contractors and their lobbyists are TRAITORS to the United States and should be charged and tried accordingly.


"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed and over-regulated and overrun by bureaucrats - the founders would be ashamed." -Ron Paul