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Pentagon requests $534 billion for 2016, largest ever war budget

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The White House will be seeking $534 billion from Congress to run the Pentagon in 2016 – its largest budget ever. However, a source told RT that the budget is actually closer to $1 trillion, and has been for several administrations. The Obama administration declared an end to “mindless austerity” …

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Pentagon to waste $2.2 billion of taxpayer money to fund Syrian ‘rebels’

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A joint report published yesterday by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Program (OCCRP) and the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) alleged that the Pentagon is supplying up to $2.2 billion worth of Soviet-style arms and ammunition to Syrian rebels. This may come as a shock to some, as President Donald Trump just announced in late July …

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NATO increases military presence on Russia’s borders

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The Pentagon has confirmed the military buildup along Russia’s borders to ensure long-term “peace and stability” in the region. Earlier Moscow accused NATO of a sharp increase in air activity and intelligence flights in the border zone. Replying to RIA Novosti’s query on the increased number of NATO flights around Russia’s borders, …

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Pentagon unable to account for $8.5 trillion of tax payer money

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When government is completely dysfunctional and seems not to serve the people’s interests, we have to wonder where our tax dollars are going. Thanks to a Reuters investigation by Scot Paltrow, we have an answer—or, rather, a non-answer. Apparently, the Pentagon has made use of $8.5 trillion of our tax money handed over …

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American Foreign Policy: CIA-backed rebels are fighting Pentagon-backed rebels

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CIA-backed Islamic rebels are fighting against Pentagon-backed Kurish rebels in Syria. Buzzfeed notes: Officials with Syrian rebel battalions that receive covert backing from one arm of the U.S. government told BuzzFeed News that they recently began fighting rival rebels supported by another arm of the U.S. government. The infighting between American proxies is the …

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Pentagon is trying to rewrite Vietnam war history

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In case you weren’t aware, the Pentagon is set to roll out a 50th anniversary commemoration of the Vietnam War. Personally, it’s hard to get excited about commemorating an event that led to the death of over 58,000 American soldiers and more than a million Vietnamese, particularly since much of it …

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Pentagon wastes $150 million of taxpayers money on luxury villas in Afghanistan

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The Pentagon isn’t known for being frugal with its spending habits, and new reports have surfaced which show that US taxpayers footed the bill for nearly $150 million in luxury villa rentals and fine dining in Afghanistan. When Pentagon personnel travel abroad, they’re typically placed in government housing, perfectly livable accommodations …

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Fighting ISIS: $1.1bn already spent, ‘30 years of war’ to come

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As the Pentagon reports spending of over $1 billion on bombing ISIS in Iraq and Syria, ex-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says the fight against the Islamist movement may take as long as 30 years. Since mid-June, when militants from the Islamic State (also known as ISIS, or ISIL) launched their …

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Pentagon admits its weapons end up in ISIS hands

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The Pentagon has admitted that a chunk of its cache of weapons meant for Kurdish forces battling Islamic State militants in Kobani has fallen into terrorist hands. The Turkish president has been voicing his frustration with Washington over this. On Wednesday, the US defense body went against earlier government claims …

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Pentagon doesn’t know where $6.5 trillion went, audit reveals

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By Jay Syrmopoulos A new Department of Defense Inspector General’s report, released last week, has left Americans stunned at the jaw-dropping lack of accountability and oversight. The glaring report revealed the Pentagon couldn’t account for $6.5 trillion dollars worth of Army general fund transactions and data, according to a report …

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Pentagon wants $582 billion to wage war in 2017

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The US military faces five “big challenges,” Ash Carter told the Economic Club of Washington on Tuesday. Those challenges are: Russia, China, North Korea, Iran, and ISIS. So essentially, the exact same “challenges” Washington has been trotting out for years to justify hundreds upon hundreds of billions in defense spending, …

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Facebook emotions experiment linked to Pentagon research on civil unrest

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Facebook‘s experiment on over half-a-million unsuspecting users has taken a new twist with the revelation that a researcher connected to a Department of Defense-funded program to use the military to quell civil unrest also participated in the study. Social media sites exploded over the weekend after it was revealed that …

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US Defense Department: Bitcoin a potential terrorism threat

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The US Defense Department is conducting a counterterrorism program investigation of virtual currencies like Bitcoin and other new technologies, including smartphones and social media, to better understand if they pose security threats. Run by the Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO), a division of the Pentagon that analyzes terrorism and …

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Pentagon developing autonomous humanoid robots

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DARPA enlists makers of “BigDog” to construct machines that can think for themselves The Department of Defense has awarded a lucrative contract to an engineering and robotics design company to develop and build humanoid robots that can act intelligently without supervision. Boston Dynamics Inc. has been contracted by the Defense …

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Drones to surveil US population by 2015

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US authorities have presented a plan for the mass use of drones in American airspace. Though there have been few objections to the move so far, a global government surveillance drone program is likely to raise privacy concerns later on. The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has presented a detailed plan for …

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