Pentagon in bed with Hollywood, documents show

Source: RT
July 7, 2017

The US government played a part in producing more than 800 major films and 1,000 TV shows from the 1950’s through the present, according to over 4,000 pages of documents a watchdog group obtained. RT America’s Natasha Sweatte has more on the cooperation between the nation’s media and political capitals.

New Law Allows UK Gov to Lie in Court – #NewWorldNextWeek

Source: TheCorbettReport | MediaMonarchy
December 8, 2016

Welcome to New World Next Week — the video series from Corbett Report and Media Monarchy that covers some of the most important developments in open source intelligence news. In this week’s episode:

Story #1: Snooper’s Charter Allows the State to Lie In Court
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Story #2: Pentagon Buried Study Exposing $125 Billion in Waste
http://bit.ly/2gmgtOo

Trump National Defense plan
http://bit.ly/2gfc2qg

Climate Change Will Stir “Unimaginable” Refugee Crisis, Says Greatest Refugee-Manufacturing Machine Ever Known
http://bit.ly/2gXeSzp

Air Force One Just the Tip Of the “Boeing Bank” Iceberg
http://bit.ly/2h7SQb8

Flashback: How Many Trillions Did the Pentagon “Lose”? (Oct. 28, 2014)
http://bit.ly/2hiqzle

Story #3: 65 Million Americans Should Threaten to Not Pay Taxes
http://bit.ly/2hlKo7h

Wikipedia: Mark Weston
http://bit.ly/2hlS9dg

#NewWorldNextWeek Headlines: Germany Finally Admits to Hosting Key US Drone Base
http://bit.ly/2gcEoS5

Pentagon Admits to “Unbelievable” Amounts of Child Pornography on Government Computers
http://bit.ly/2h7Svb4

Wikileaks: ’Colbert Report’ Programmed by Clinton Foundation
http://bit.ly/2hikGEt

Take your pick: 100% independent, open-source, people-funded media OR more #FakeNews from the MSM?
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Staggering Corruption at Pentagon Reveals NATO/NASA Lie at Heart of Fedgov

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Source: TheDailyBell.com
August 9, 2016

Sailors And Marines Can Officially Declare They Are Transgenders This Fall  …  Before declaring transgender status, these service-members have to be at the start, in the middle of, or finished transitioning. Only then will they be able to ask for a formal gender switch in the database system, Navy Times reports. –Daily Caller

It is helpful for transgender people that the Pentagon now has a policy for them if they are in the service. In fact, it is surely a lingering and personal tragedy for those who feel they are the wrong sex.

But the bigger issue regarding the Pentagon is its immense and murderous corruption. In some sense, news like this is being promoted to distract us from the Pentagon’s ongoing problems.

The Pentagon still cannot officially account for some $8 trillion-plus in spending, according to a Department of Defense inspector general’s report released HERE at the end of July 2016.

We are providing this report for review and comment. Army and Defense Finance and Accounting Service Indianapolis personnel did not adequately support $2.8 trillion in third quarter adjustments and $6.5 trillion in year-end adjustments made to Army General Fund data during FY 2015 financial statement compilation. We conducted this audit in accordance with generally accepted government auditing standards.

The Pentagon’s systems remain unable to support federally mandated book-keeping, see HERE. Obviously, systems have not improved much since Donald Rumsfeld announced HERE that the Pentagon had mislaid some $2 trillion the day before 9/11. We shouldn’t lose track of difficulties even when contemplating the Pentagon’s increased sensitivity to its soldiers.

The larger lie at the heart of the Pentagon revolves around the NATO/NASA axis. That remains the same no matter the Pentagon’s other activities.

These two agencies (and when we refer to NATO, we are speaking of the larger military-industrial complex) have never been formally called to account for their propaganda.

NASA obviously lies in public presentations.  In some videos of the moon landings, astronauts supposedly walking on the moon evidently are supported by wires.  Or they get up without moving their legs, HERE (at 2 minutes, 15 seconds).

Meanwhile, some space station activity seems to have been filmed in big pools that contain replicas of outer space technology. And it has been speculated that green screens are used as well, HERE.

We recently reported on the lunar rover itself, which looks suspiciously like a jeep, HERE, though it cost some $40 million to develop.

We’ve also been reporting on obvious corruption in the Pentagon’s nuclear program. The Pentagon has been presenting nuclear weapons results to the general public that are obviously false.

You can see our most recent articles and speculation HERE and HERE. Grant that man has landed on the moon and that nuclear weapons blow things up. The corruption remains. Videos and print reports have been falsified regarding both nuclear tests and outer space activities.

NASA even destroyed its initial tapes of the moon landings HERE and has now substituted a colorized version. The obvious suspicion is that the initial tapes were in part faked, which was why they no longer exist. (NASA claims it was an unfortunate accident.)

The most recent evidences of Pentagon corruption are evident in the just released information that the Pentagon still cannot account for $8.5 trillion.

HERE, from Yahoo, commenting on an initial Reuters report:

Special Enterprise Reporter Scot Paltrow unearthed the “high cost of the Pentagon’s bad bookkeeping” in a Reuters investigation. It amounts to $8.5 trillion in taxpayer money doled out by Congress to the Pentagon since 1996 that has never been accounted for.

The Pentagon is supposed to have audited financial bookkeeping since 1996, but it still cannot provide federally mandated reporting. In the past, superiors allegedly instructed employees to plug in numbers that confirmed budgetary demands, HERE: “How-Pentagon-Cooks-Books-Hide-Massive-Waste.”

This is basically falsifying financial records for purposes of deflecting questions. By making the numbers match, the Pentagon avoided  further inquiries.

If the Pentagon still cannot properly account for trillions of dollars, why on earth should people trust the evidence that the Pentagon offers us regarding space travel and nuclear weapons?

We have often pointed out that the era from 1940 to 1970 constituted the most extraordinary three decades in human history. In this scant time period, US fedgov discovered nuclear bombs and went to the moon.

We don’t trust this narrative at all.

In large part, it has been provided by the military industrial complex itself. And certainly there is enough evidence of fakery to warrant an aggressive, independent investigation – if it could ever be put together.

Conclusion: The mainstream media should take a much more adversarial approach to fedgov policies and claims, especially when it comes to the NATO/NASA axis. The truth is “out there” and someday it will be revealed. Better sooner than later.

Read More At: TheDailyBell.com

New Audit Reveals That Pentagon Doesn’t Know Where $6.5 Trillion Dollars Has Gone

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Source: ActivistPost.com
Jay Syrmopoulos
August 7, 2016

A new Department of Defense Inspector General’s report, released last week, has left Americans stunned at the jaw-dropping lack of accountability and oversight. The glaring report revealed the Pentagon couldn’t account for $6.5 trillion dollars worth of Army general fund transactions and data, according to a report by the Fiscal Times.

The Pentagon, which has been notoriously lax in its accounting practices, has never completed an audit, would reveal how the agency has specifically spent the trillions of dollars allocated for wars, equipment, personnel, housing, healthcare and procurements allotted to them by Congress.

Beginning in 1996 all federal agencies were mandated by law to conduct regular financial audits. However, the Pentagon has NEVER complied with that federal law. In 20 years, it has never accounted for the trillions of dollars in taxpayer funds it has spent, in part because “fudging” the numbers has become standard operating procedure at the Department of Defense, as revealed in a 2013 Reuters investigation by Scot Paltrow.

According to the report by the Fiscal Times:

An increasingly impatient Congress has demanded that the Army achieve “audit readiness” for the first time by Sept. 30, 2017, so that lawmakers can get a better handle on military spending. But Pentagon watchdogs think that may be mission impossible, and for good reason…

The Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS), the behemoth Indianapolis-based agency that provides finance and accounting services for the Pentagon’s civilian and military members, could not provide adequate documentation for $6.5 trillion worth of year-end adjustments to Army general fund transactions and data.

The DFAS has the sole responsibility for paying all DOD military and personnel, retirees and annuitants, along with Pentagon contractors and vendors. The agency is also in charge of electronic government initiatives, including within the Executive Office of the President, the Department of Energy and the Departing of Veterans Affairs.

While there is nothing in the IG’s report specifying that the money has been stolen, the mere fact that the Pentagon can’t account for how it spent the money reveals a potentially far greater problem than simple theft alone.

For every transaction, a so-called “journal voucher” that provides serial numbers, transaction dates and the amount of the expenditure is supposed to be produced. The report specifies that the agency has done such a poor job in providing documentation of their transactions, that there is no way to actually know how $6.5 trillion dollars has been spent. Essentially, the government has no way of knowing how the Pentagon has spent the trillions of taxpayer dollars allocated by Congress for national defense.

In turn, employees of the DFAS were routinely told by superiors to take “unsubstantiated change actions” commonly referred to as “plugging” the numbers. These “plugs” – which amounted to falsifying financial records – were then used to create the appearance that the military’s financial data matched that of the U.S. Treasury Department’s numbers when discrepancies in the financial data couldn’t be accounted for, according to the Reuters investigation.

According to that Reuters investigation:

For two decades, the U.S. military has been unable to submit to an audit, flouting federal law and concealing waste and fraud totaling billions of dollars.

Linda Woodford spent the last 15 years of her career inserting phony numbers in the U.S. Department of Defense’s accounts.

Every month until she retired in 2011, she says, the day came when the Navy would start dumping numbers on the Cleveland, Ohio DFAS…. Using the data they received, Woodford and her fellow accountants there set about preparing monthly reports to square the Navy’s books with the U.S. Treasury’s…. And every month, they encountered the same problem. Numbers were missing. Numbers were clearly wrong. Numbers came with no explanation of how the money had been spent or which congressional appropriation it came from.

While many of the problems occurred due to bookkeeping errors rather than actual financial losses, the DFAS has failed to provide the necessary tracking information essential to performing an accurate audit of Pentagon spending and obligations, according to the IG’s report.

“Army and Defense Finance and Accounting Service Indianapolis personnel did not adequately support $2.8 trillion in third quarter adjustments and $6.5 trillion in year-end adjustments made to Army General Fund data during FY 2015 financial statement compilation,” wrote Lorin T. Venable, the assistant inspector general for financial management and reporting. “We conducted this audit in accordance with generally accepted government auditing standards.”

The Pentagon has a chronic failure to keep track of its money – how much it has, how much it pays out and how much is wasted or stolen. Adding to the appearance of impropriety is the fact that thousands of documents that should be on file have been removed and disappeared without any reasonable explanation.

DFAS “did not document or support why the Defense Departmental Reporting System . . . removed at least 16,513 of 1.3 million records during Q3 FY 2015. As a result, the data used to prepare the FY 2015 AGF third quarter and year-end financial statements were unreliable and lacked an adequate audit trail,” according to the IG’s report stated.

The accounting errors and manipulated numbers, though obviously problems in their own right, highlight a far greater problem for the Defense Department than only bad recording keeping and wasteful spending habits. In reality, they are a representation of the poor decision making, and lack of oversight and accountability that plague our nation’s government as a whole.

While the Department of Defense can’t account for $6.5 trillion dollars of taxpayer funds, in 2014 there were 47 million people, including over 15 million children, living in poverty in the U.S. – %15 of the U.S. population, which is the largest total number in poverty since records began being kept 52 years ago.

Please share this story if you are appalled by the fact that there are Americans that are homeless and hungry, including U.S. combat veterans — while the government is unable to account for $6.5 trillion dollars of taxpayer money.

Read More At: ActivistPost.com

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Jay Syrmopoulos writes for TheFreeThoughtProject.com, where this article first appeared.

Washington Military Planners Have Gone Mad

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Source: Journal.NEO.org
F. William Engdahl
June 4, 2016

To read the Western mainstream media, we would be led to believe that the big, bad Russian Bear, with Vladimir Putin atop, shaking a fistful of nuclear warheads, is confronting the West in the most threatening manner imaginable. We should believe Russia is provoking at every turn, frothing at the mouth and threatening to invade the Baltic countries and perhaps all Western Europe. We would feel quite justified, as the propaganda spin of Washington claims, to protect America’s European allies from surprise Russian nuclear attack by surrounding Russia with anti-Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) systems.

So we as citizens in the Western NATO countries have little reaction at all when we read some days ago that the Obama White House announced it had activated the first phase of its anti-ballistic missile defense system (BMD), known as AEGIS, in an air base in Deveselu, Romania. Poland will be next to become activated with Washington’s Aegis.

The Aegis Ashore system has been officially put into operation and can already launch SM-3 interceptor missiles. The system includes 24 anti-aircraft SM-3 missiles. At the same time the Pentagon is placing its BMD installations in Japan and South Korea and possibly, Australia, aimed at China. Our perception of world reality is primarily shaped for us by what we read in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal or hear on CNN or BBC. We sigh a small sigh of relief that our world is now more secure. Nothing is farther from reality. That’s a grave error.

On May 13, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, alongside officials representing the United States and European NATO members, announced the activation of a new missile system, based in Romania. Stoltenberg announced,

“The United States’ Aegis ashore system is declared certified for operations.”

The new missile network is based at Romania’s Deveselu military air base. The US is also building another new US missile base in Poland. On the same day Deveselu missile base was opened for “business,” construction began on the US missile base near Redzikowo, Poland. Both will operate under the direct command of the US Department of Defense. The Pentagon insists both are intended to protect Europe from Iran (sic!). Shall we call that a pretty pathetic propaganda deception of Washington? I would say so. Both and other systems are directly intended for Russia and those “unarmed” Aegis missiles are potentially nuclear-capable and carry Tomahawk Land Attack Cruise Missiles.

The Romanian missile base is positioned less than 400 miles from Russia’s main Black Sea naval base at Sevastopol, Crimea. AEGIS is able to fire short and long-range missiles.i Neither Romania nor Poland will have any say over its use, even though their territory will be the target of any pre-emptive Russian reaction.

Commenting on the event, the New York Times openly acknowledged, “The launch-pad violates a 1987 treaty intended to take the superpowers off their hair-trigger nuclear alter, the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, by banning land-based cruise and medium-range missiles with a range from 300 to 3,400 miles.”

US and NATO officials insist that AEGIS is directed against Iran and other small states viewed by Washington as “rogue states,” and poses no threat to Russia or China, something absurd on the surface.

The reality, that Russia is the target of the Romanian Aegis system was made plain by the remarks at the opening ceremony by Romanian President Klaus Ioannis. Ioannis made clear that the new installation is part of broader plans to use his country as a staging area for NATO activities throughout Eastern Europe and the Black Sea.

Of course the Black Sea is home to Russia’s naval Black Sea Fleet in Russian Crimea. Admitting that the real target of the missiles is the Russian Federation, Ioannis called on NATO leaders to maintain a “permanent naval presence” in the Black Sea, as part of a military buildup aimed at making a “credible and predictable presence of Allied forces on the eastern flank.” A glance at the map shos that the only nation bordering the Black Sea not either in NATO or controlled by pro-NATO regimes is the Russian Federation.

During his swearing in some days before the Aegis opening US Army General and Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, Curtis Scaparrotti, warned that Russia “is striving to project itself as a world power.” He declared that US forces in Europe must “enhance our levels of readiness and our agility in the spirit of being able to fight tonight if deterrence fails.” That sounds pretty “hair-trigger” to me.

Russia made clear it does not greet the news of Aegis deployment with grace or joy. Russia’s President Putin told news agencies, “This is not a defense system. This is part of a US nuclear strategic potential brought on to a periphery. In this case, Eastern Europe is such a periphery…Those people taking such decisions must know that until now they have lived calm, fairly well-off and in safety. Now, as these elements of ballistic missile defense are deployed, we are forced to think how to neutralize the emerging threats to the Russian Federation.”

Continue Reading At: Journal-NEO.org

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F. William Engdahl is strategic risk consultant and lecturer, he holds a degree in politics from Princeton University and is a best-selling author on oil and geopolitics, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”