Government, Military Corruption

Government, Military Corruption
Trillions Missing at Defense Department

The War On Waste
January 29, 2002, CBS News
www.cbsnews.com/stories/2002/01/29/eveningnews/main325985.sh

On Sept. 10 [2001], Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld declared war. Not on foreign terrorists, "the adversary's closer to home. It's the Pentagon bureaucracy." He said money wasted by the military poses a serious threat. Rumsfeld promised change but the next day—Sept. 11—the world changed and in the rush to fund the war on terrorism, the war on waste seems to have been forgotten. Just last week President Bush announced, "my 2003 budget calls for more than $48 billion in new defense spending." More money for the Pentagon ... while its own auditors admit the military cannot account for 25 percent of what it spends. "According to some estimates we cannot track $2.3 trillion in transactions," Rumsfeld admitted. $2.3 trillion—that's $8,000 for every man, woman and child in America. A former Marine turned whistle-blower is risking his job by speaking out ... about the millions he noticed were missing from one defense agency's balance sheets. Jim Minnery, Defense Finance and Accounting Service ... tried to follow the money trail, even crisscrossing the country looking for records. "The director looked at me and said 'Why do you care about this stuff?' It took me aback. My supervisor asking me why I care about doing a good job," said Minnery. He was reassigned and says officials then covered up the problem. The Pentagon's Inspector General "partially substantiated" several of Minnery's allegations.

Note: To see the three-minute CBS video clip of this shocking admission, www.personalgrowthcourses.net/video/trillions_missing. For another key four-minute clip, personalgrowthcourses.net/video/trillions_missing_dod_depart. To read Rumsfeld's speech admitting $2.3 trillion missing on the U.S. Department of Defense website, www.defense.gov/Speeches/Speech.aspx?SpeechID=430. Even though this news was originally not reported because of the trauma of 9/11, why wasn't it broadcast loudly once it finally was reported? Why isn't this making media headlines now?

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Tags: Government, Military Corruption

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