February 6, 2014
Pentagon Slush Fund Must Be Drawn Down

govtoversight:

How can you tell the war budget is a slush fund? When 2 wars end but the budget goes up.

LTMC: That commentary.

December 16, 2013
Pentagon Guidelines No Longer Ban Killing Civilians With Drones

hipsterlibertarian:

The Pentagon has dramatically revised its guidelines on the use of drone strikes, removing previous instructions that admonished troops to “ensure” civilians aren’t targeted with drones.

Instead, the instructions now simply encourage troops to “avoid targeting” them as much as possible, and cautions commanders that civilian deaths “must not be excessive” with respect to whatever military goal they have in mind. … (via c4ss)

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LTMC: This is practically an open acknowledgment by the Pentagon that U.S. drone strikes are not only killing civilians, but killing a substantial amount of them.

November 18, 2013
Pentagon guilty of billion-dollar accounting fraud, reveals Reuters investigation

Woops.

February 9, 2013
"The Washington Post has reported that there are 1,271 government organizations and 1,931 private companies in 10,000 locations in the United States that are working on counterterrorism, homeland security, and intelligence, and that the intelligence community as a whole includes 854,000 people who hold top-secret clearances. According to a 2008 study by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, private contractors make up 29% of the workforce in the US intelligence community and cost the equivalent of 49% of their personnel budgets."

United States Intelligence Community (Wikipedia).

1,271 government organizations working on national security and intelligence.  The Washington Post report in question noted that “The top-secret world the government created in response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, has become so large, so unwieldy and so secretive that no one knows how much money it costs, how many people it employs, how many programs exist within it or exactly how many agencies do the same work.”

If this isn’t an indication that the Leviathan is out of control, I’m not sure what is.

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