The Pentagon's Black Hole

On September 10, 2001, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld announced that the Pentagon was unable to account for over $2.3 trillion in tax payer dollars.  Over the last ten years, the people of the United States have nonetheless continued to shovel more and more of their hard earned money into the black hole known as the Pentagon budget.  From CBS News in 2009:
On Sept. 10, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld declared war. Not on foreign terrorists, "the adversary's closer to home. It's the Pentagon bureaucracy," he said.

He said money wasted by the military poses a serious threat.

"In fact, it could be said it's a matter of life and death," he said.

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. . . .

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. To understand how the Pentagon can lose track of trillions, consider the case of one military accountant who tried to find out what happened to a mere $300 million.

"We know it's gone. But we don't know what they spent it on," said Jim Minnery, Defense Finance and Accounting Service.

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