The more that I discover about Obama’s administration the more disgusted I become. This man was the epitome of treasonous scum, yet the left lauds him as some sort of American hero. Whatever, right?
Obama did whatever he could during his presidency to undercut the American people. Whether it was by allowing an influx of illegal immigrants and refugees into the country or forcing healthcare. Well, now there has been another discovery that Obama had his hand in that will piss you off.
Millions of taxpayer dollars were squandered to pay fake salaries of non-existent “ghost” soldiers and policemen in Afghanistan during the Obama administration.
— The (Duke) Chronicle (@DukeChronicle) March 24, 2017
— Anuj Chopra (@AnujChopra) January 12, 2017
Here is more from Conservative Tribune:
According to the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, John Sopko, who recently sat down for an interview with Sharyl Attkinson of Full Measure, the ongoing problem may have been worse than anyone realized, but was being addressed by President Donald Trump’s Pentagon.
“We’ve been raising this concern about ghosts going back a number of years,” Sopko said. “Actually I want to say we heard about it from (Afghan President) Ashraf Ghani years ago, before he became president, he warned me about ‘ghosts,’ so we started looking three years ago.”
“What we’re talking about are policemen, Afghan policemen, Afghan military, Afghan civil servants who don’t exist or they have multiple identity cards and we’re paying their salaries,” he explained. “By ‘we’ I mean the United States and the international community. And we started finding out that we had no capacity to measure the number of soldiers, teachers, doctors, military people who we are paying their salaries.”
How much money are we talking about here? Well, Fox News reported in October that it could be more than $300 million annually.
The Department of Defense has pledged to closely monitor Afghan active-duty security forces so that U.S. taxpayer money is not squandered on so-called “ghost” soldiers, Stars and Stripes reported.
In a letter released Friday to the Pentagon, the office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, or SIGAR, said it was concerned about “significant gaps between the assigned force strength of the (Afghan National Defense and Security Forces) and the actual number of personnel serving.”
The letter, obtained by FoxNews.com, cites reports indicating discrepancies between the assigned force strength of the ANDSF and the actual number of personnel serving.
It also raises questions over whether the U.S. government is trying to prevent taxpayer funds from being spent on “ghost” soldiers and police — particularly in Helmand Province.
SIGAR claims that since 2002, Congress has appropriated more than $68 billion in support of the ANDSF, including funding for ANDSF salaries.
Helmand’s incoming police chief said in June that close to half of the 26,000 soldiers and police officers assigned to that province did not exist, according to a June report by Afghanistan’s TOLOnews.
“In January 2015 we reported that more than $300 million in annual, U.S.-funded salary payments to the Afghan National Police were based on only partially verified or reconciled data, and that there was no assurance that personnel and payroll data were accurate,” wrote John Sopko, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.
When Sopko was asked if this indicated fraud he replied, “Major fraud. And what’s happening is the commanders or generals or other higher officials are actually pocketing the salaries of the ghosts.”