I am often accused of jumping into threads to wreck mayhem, so I decided to start one of my own.
On 9/10/2001 Donald Rumsfeld made a speech in which he stated....
We cannot track $2.3 trillion in transactions.
This pops up on ATS every other day, as part of a post suggesting some sort of heist was pulled off and then the proof of the crime was destroyed the
next day. One problem. He wasnt speaking about 2.3 trillon missing from the DoD piggy back. Here is the portion of his speech containing the above
The technology revolution has transformed organizations across the private sector, but not ours, not fully, not yet. We are, as they say, tangled in
our anchor chain. Our financial systems are decades old. According to some estimates, we cannot track $2.3 trillion in transactions. We cannot share
information from floor to floor in this building because it's stored on dozens of technological systems that are inaccessible or incompatible.
Okay, doesnt sound quite as sinister when its in the full context....but.....
Here is the paragraph after....
We maintain 20 to 25 percent more base infrastructure than we need to support our forces, at an annual waste to taxpayers of some $3 billion to $4
billion. Fully half of our resources go to infrastructure and overhead, and in addition to draining resources from warfighting, these costly and
outdated systems, procedures and programs stifle innovation as well. A new idea must often survive the gauntlet of some 17 levels of bureaucracy to
make it from a line officer's to my desk
He isnt speaking of missing money, he isnt speaking of a crime. He is addressing the age old Pentagon problem of waste and inefficientcy. For those
of you still not sure here is the full text of his speech..
(Its titled :"DOD Acquisition and Logistics Excellence Week Kickoff—Bureaucracy to Battlefield ")
Hmmm, a speech addressing the need to modernize and streamline the way the Pentagon needs to conduct business. What a sinister idea...
Now, the other part is, he made the speech the day before the attack. Many in the truth movement think that his speech was the first time the issue
was public. Not quite....
Pentagon's finances in disarray
By JOHN M. DONNELLY The Associated Press 03/03/00 5:44 PM Eastern
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The military's money managers last year made almost $7 trillion in adjustments to their financial ledgers in an attempt to make
them add up, the Pentagon's inspector general said in a report released Friday.
The Pentagon could not show receipts for $2.3 trillion of those changes, and half a trillion dollars of it was just corrections of mistakes made in
Then there is this...
There's still huge accounting problems in the Pentagon. They don't even know how much money they have or are spending. The inspector general of the
Pentagon said there are 2.3 trillion dollars in items that they can't quite account for.
February 12, 2001
Well there is the AP and PBS with the story long prior to September 11,2001. Finally there is this....
January 11, 2001
Transcript of the Nomination Hearing for Secretary of Defense...
Senator Byrd: That audit report found that out of $7.6 trillion in department-level accounting interest, 2.3 trillion in entries either did not
contain adequate documentation or were improperly reconciled or were made to force buyer and seller data to agree
So, the issue was even addressed in Rumsfeld's nomination hearing. In other words..
1. It wasnt a secret
2. It wasnt 2.3 trillon in cash
3. It wasnt a crime
4. It was a symbol of the problem that the Pentagon has had for over forty years and one that Rumsfeld was determined to try to fix.
Now, can we lay the 2.3 trillion story in regards to 9/11 to rest????