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Watching the Watchmen: First Ever Pentagon Audit Begins


Editor's Note: Well, it's about damned time.  I sure hope it's a serious effort.  Remember what happened the day before the events of September 11, 2001?  Donald Rumsfeld announced the fact that the Pentagon bureaucracy should be considered a grave threat to the United States, that it cannot account for 2.3 TRILLION DOLLARS! Then the figure jumped to $6.5 TRILLION DOLLARS.  Now it's estimated to be an astounding $21 TRILLION DOLLARS when all is added together!

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Sputnicknews.com

For the first time in its 70-year history, the US Department of Defense (DoD) will be undertaking an agency-wide audit. Pentagon officials announced that a massive audit involving thousands of inspectors will be checking every nook and cranny of the gargantuan agency starting later in December.

Pentagon Comptroller David Norquist and spokesperson Dana White announced the audit on Friday. "It is important that the Congress and the American people have confidence in DoD's management of every taxpayer dollar," Norquist said.

"With consistent feedback from auditors, we can focus on improving the processes of our day-to-day work. Annual audits also ensure visibility over the quantity and quality of the equipment and supplies our troops use."

Auditing the DoD is a herculean task. A whopping 2,400 auditors will be inspecting an agency with a 2018 annual budget of $700 billion, assets valued at roughly $2.4 trillion, and 2.9 million employees spread out across hundreds of offices.

The move has been celebrated by transparency groups such as Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW). "Taxpayers should be encouraged that DOD has finally begun the necessary process of auditing its gargantuan bureaucracy. The Pentagon has done an exemplary job of protecting our national security, but a very poor job of keeping track of how defense dollars are spent," said president Tom Schatz.

Many feel the move is long overdue. Every federal agency except the DoD already complies with the 1990 Chief Financial Officers Act, which requires them to release full financial statements annually.

"The Pentagon must conform to the same level of accountability to which other public sector agencies are held when it comes to spending taxpayer dollars," Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) told The American Conservative. "There is no reason why the Department of Defense should remain the only federal agency to not receive an audit opinion."

In December 2016, the Washington Post claimed to have acquired an internal Pentagon document pointing to a breathtaking $125 billion in administrative waste in the DoD. The document was reportedly buried until The Post uncovered it.

The auditors will be coming from numerous independent public accounting firms. Norquist said that from 2018 onwards, the DoD will be audited annually to cut down on government waste.

Norquist also discussed what the DoD would do in the case of a government shutdown. Military personnel and exempted civilian personnel would continue to return to work, but hundreds of thousands of non-exempted civilian employees would be temporarily unemployed.

"Any time we get close to the end of a CR [continuing resolution], we automatically go through and update our contingency plans," Norquist said. "And so we've had to do that several times this year."

Disagreements over the budget for fiscal year 2018 has created the looming threat of a government shutdown. On Thursday evening, Congress passed a two week extension to the 2017 budget known as a continuing resolution so that debate over a budget that can pass both Congress and the White House can continue.

"I cannot emphasize too much how destructive a shutdown is," said Norquist. "We've talked before about the importance of maintenance on weapons systems and others, but if it's not an excepted activity, there'll be work stoppage on many of those maintenance functions."

"What the CR says is, 'Stop, wait, don't award that contract yet,' which delays when you begin to increase the quantity and the production." As such, Norquist added, he hoped that Congress resolved their budget debate forthwith.

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Video: Judge Napolitano: Mueller 'Putting the Squeeze' on Flynn, Manafort to Get to Trump


Editor's Note: "Is Mueller Playing Dirty?" Duh, ya think? The amazing thing is Judge Nap confirms they are not supposed to be doing any of this. If you or I did it we'd be prosecuted. But if it's the gubermint, it's business as usual. It's how federal prosecutors operate . . . SICKENING!
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Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn reportedly is concerned about his son’s potential legal exposure in the ongoing investigation into Russia’s ties to the 2016 election.

Michael Flynn Jr. served as his father's chief of staff and top aide. He was actively involved in his father's consulting and lobbying work at their firm, Flynn Intel Group, including joining his father on a trip to Moscow in December 2015.

This comes after reports that Justice Department prosecutors are trying to secure a plea deal with Paul Manafort’s former son-in-law, Jeffrey Yohai, in an investigation into potentially shady real estate dealings

Judge Andrew Napolitano said Special Counsel Robert Mueller is using the standard tactics of federal prosecutors and "putting the squeeze" on subjects to get information in his Russia probe.

 

 
 
 
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Video: Clinton Cash


Taking the internet by storm, based on Peter Schweizer’s bestselling book!!!  Hillary Clinton went from being “dead broke” after leaving the White House to amassing a net worth of over $150M, with over $2B in donations to their foundation.

Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton Rich. New York Times bestselling book by Peter Schweizer, in which he investigates donations made to the Clinton Foundation by foreign entities, paid speeches made by Bill and Hillary Clinton, and the Clintons' personal enrichment since leaving the White House in 2001.

Mr. Schweizer claims: foreign governments and organizations that donated to the Clinton Foundation, and to the Clintons themselves in speaking fees, received favors in exchange from the State Department, headed by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Ed Pilkington, The Guardian, wrote that "Even in the hyper-partisan world of American political publishing, the storm generated by the latest book about the Clintons has been impressive."

James Freeman, The Wall Street Journal "Almost every page of the fascinating Clinton Cash...will be excruciating reading for partisans on both sides of the aisle" and that "The fact that even liberal media outlets are taking the book seriously suggests that a post-election payday is getting harder to achieve."

"This film was not made to make money. It was made to alert the public to the appalling — and dangerous — corruption of the Clintons....
Who could deny the malignant corruption of a couple that used their political power to make money by propping up the world’s worst dictators, cutting down the rain forests, selling off our nuclear resources to our enemies, and bartering off the assets of the poorest nations on earth while their people live in abject poverty?  Stopping the Clintons is not about being a good conservative or a good progressive. It’s about being a decent human being." Andrew Breitbart

Eleanor Clift,The Daily Beast: The Clintons have a standard template for pushing back, and they’re going to use it to make questions about their finances seem part of the vast right-wing conspiracy, but character assassination only goes so far.
Galactic Connection: The chicanery and fraud of the Clinton Foundation is absolutely revolting, especially in the case of the so­called Haitian earthquake relief effort. It’s sickening and appalling how the super rich were enabled to become richer in the wake of a major natural disaster in the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. These lowdown grifters cannot be allowed to occupy the White House again!

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Another Reason To Drain The Swamp: : Sexual Harassment Is Rampant In The Halls Of Congress


 

By Michael Snyder
endoftheamericandream.com

Did you know that the House of Representatives has paid out $15,000,000 to victims of sexual harassment in recent years?  I am going to share some things with you in this article that are deeply disturbing, but it is for a purpose.  The status quo is not acceptable in Washington, and once people truly understand how deep the corruption runs I believe that they will get motivated to finally drain the swamp once and for all.  So yes, I am going to share some things in this article that are truly disgusting, but the goal is to show you that it is time to take our government back from the corrupt career politicians that are completely and utterly out of control.

In recent days, CNN has interviewed dozens of people that worked on Capitol Hill, and almost every single one of them had stories of sexual harassment to share

CNN spoke with more than 50 lawmakers, current and former Hill aides and political veterans who have worked in Congress, the majority of whom spoke anonymously to be candid and avoid potential repercussions. With few exceptions, every person said they have personally experienced sexual harassment on the Hill or know of others who have.

In an environment with “so many young women,” said one ex-House aide, the men “have no self-control.” “Amongst ourselves, we know,” a former Senate staffer said of the lawmakers with the worst reputations. And sometimes, the sexual advances from members of Congress or senior aides are reciprocated in the hopes of advancing one’s career — what one political veteran bluntly referred to as a “sex trade on Capitol Hill.”

The American people are not going to put up with this any longer.

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Video: FBI Whistleblower Sibel Edmonds Exposes Special Counsel Mueller's Conflict of Interest!


FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds exposes Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s conflict of interest in pursuing General Michael Flynn’s case due to his direct involvement as former FBI Director and his role in covering up and protecting Gulen Networks’ criminal operations within the United States, and demands that he steps down.

 

 
 
 
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Video: Rep. Gaetz: 'We Are at Risk of a Coup d'Etat in This Country' Unless Mueller Resigns or is Fired


House Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) called on Special Counsel Robert Mueller -- who is investigating alleged Russian collusion with the Trump 2016 campaign -- to resign because there is an apparent conflict of interest involving Mueller and an alleged campaign to undermine the president and force him from office.

Rep. Gaetz also called for a special prosecutor to investigate the Uranium One scandal, the Clinton Foundation, and the Fusion GPS firm, which produced the "Russian dossier" alleging Trump-Russia collusion and which was paid by Obama for America's law firm, the Democratic National Committee (DNC), and the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign.

Special Counsel Mueller's investigation is, in part, based on the Fusion GPS-provided "dossier." 

 

 
 
 
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Video: The VA Accountability Act Signed Into Law


Trump Just fired 800 Gov’t workers and put 200 more on notice after uncovering sick thing they all did. President Trump is not only fixing the VA that Obama failed to do, but is making Obama’s corrupt VA officials pay the ultimate price for their negligence. In a clean sweep that happened in the overnight hours, it’s being reported that 500 VA employees have just been terminated and an additional 200 have been suspended for their shady conduct.

 

 
 
 
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FBI Uncovered Russia Bribery Plot Before Obama Administration Approved Controversial Nuclear Deal With Russia


Editor's Note: It's been over a YEAR since Killary and democrats asserted bogus Russia collusion allegations against Trump, which the committee looking into it AGAIN announced there is NO EVIDENCE TO SUBSTANTIATE SUCH CLAIMS. While of course, the real collusion and nefarious dealing were done by Killary and Obama and nobody is looking into that . . . well, until now.
 

The Hill

Before the Obama administration approved a controversial deal in 2010 giving Moscow control of a large swath of American uranium, the FBI had gathered substantial evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering designed to grow Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy business inside the United States, according to government documents and interviews.

Federal agents used a confidential U.S. witness working inside the Russian nuclear industry to gather extensive financial records, make secret recordings and intercept emails as early as 2009 that showed Moscow had compromised an American uranium trucking firm with bribes and kickbacks in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, FBI and court documents show.

They also obtained an eyewitness account — backed by documents — indicating Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the U.S. designed to benefit former President Bill Clinton’s charitable foundation during the time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served on a government body that provided a favorable decision to Moscow, sources told The Hill.

The racketeering scheme was conducted “with the consent of higher level officials” in Russia who “shared the proceeds” from the kickbacks, one agent declared in an affidavit years later.

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