The fact is Obama didn’t care about people in America all he wanted to do was hurt our country by dividing it and giving million to Muslim nations. The proof is what a happening now. Unfortenately, while he was still in office U.S. taxpayer paid millions of dollars for the salaries of non-existent “ghost” soldiers and policemen in Afghanistan under the Obama administration. Under Trump’s watch, that won’t be happening anymore.
Special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction John Sopko in an interview with Sharyl Attkinson of Full Measure said that 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. 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.”- Sopko said.
“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.”
In October 2016 Fox News had reported that the fraud could have amounted to more than $300 million annually based on a Sopko letter released to the Pentagon,
In the letter, Sopko wrote: “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. We found similar deficiencies during the course of our April 2015 audit of Afghan National Army personnel and payroll data.”
When he was asked if this indicated fraud had been taking place, Sopko said: “Major fraud. And what’s happening is the commanders or generals or other higher officials are actually pocketing the salaries of the ghosts.”
“And I remember President Ghani again, at that time he wasn’t president, saying, ‘John, you the United States government are paying the salary of an Afghan who’s a teacher, he’s a civil servant, he’s a doctor, he is a policeman, and he’s a soldier. And it’s the same Afghan. And he doesn’t exist.’”
“It’s not just the salaries. But we’re funding schools based upon the number of students, so if you invent or inflate the number of students, you’re going to be paying more money. On the soldiers and the police, we’re paying for extra boots, for food, for everything else, logistics for numbers that don’t exist,” Sopko explained.
Sopko said he’s been trying to stop this program since 2016, but under the Obama Administration no one listened or cared about this.
Nothing to surprise us here… Obama was a sponsor of the Islamic Terrorists, well before he became the POTUS!
That’s why Defense Department under President Trump took immediate action when he was alerted about this costly spending. They recently implemented a “proof of life” of Afghan service members. The biometric system will check photos, fingerprints, and blood type to verify proof of life. This system is expected to save millions. Around 95 percent of the Afghan police and 70-80 percent of its soldiers have enrolled already.
Pentagon had implemented a biometric system that checked such things as fingerprints, photographs and even blood type in an effort to obtain “proof of life” of Afghan service members in order to weed out the non-existent “ghosts” that have cost taxpayers so much.
It is sad that Obama knew all about this and was probably was getting a good portion of the money which are probably stashed in some offshore account somewhere.Thank god under President Trump’s administration we won’t be paying the salaries of afghan police and military anymore!
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