Rumsfeld Buries Admission of Missing 2+ Trillion Dollars in 9/10/01 Press

On September 10, 2001, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld held a press conference to disclose that over $2,000,000,000,000 in Pentagon funds could not be accounted for. Rumsfeld stated: "According to some estimates we cannot track $2.3 trillion in transactions."

Such a disclosure normally would have sparked a huge scandal. However, the commencement of the attack on New York City and Washington in the morning would assure that the story remained buried. To the trillions already missing from the coffers, an obedient Congress terrorized by anthrax attacks would add billions more in appropriations to fight the "War on Terror."

The Comptroller of the Pentagon at the time of the attack was Dov Zakheim, who was appointed in May of 2001. Before becoming the Pentagon's money-manager, he was an executive at System Planning Corporation, a defense contractor specializing in electronic warfare technologies including remote-controlled aircraft systems. 2-3 Zakheim is a member of the Project for a New American Century and participated in the creation of its 2000 position paper Rebuilding America's Defenses which called for "a New Pearl Harbor."

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I think this may be the

I think this may be the biggest motive as to why BushCo hit the Pentagon were it did. Not only that the renovated section was hit is a big give-away to their conspiracy, if you look at who a lot of the victims of the Pentagon were, a large number of them were civilian accountants, bookkeepers and budget analysts. The section hit also stored important budget info and remember that it was near the end of the fiscal year. The timing that Rummy announced that trillions were missing was absolutely perfect timing knowing this outrage would go down the memory hole from the chaos that they knew would happen the next day. It doesn't get much more obvious than this.

As I recall, Rumsfeld was

As I recall, Rumsfeld was actually trying to streamline the Pentagon when he first took over.

When he announced that the Pentagon could not account for $2 trillion in assets, Pentagon auditors were also saying the Pentagon could not account for what it did with 25% of the money it received (I believe at the time its budget was around $300 billion). I recall reading several news articles about this at the time, in which they also noted that the Pentagon had never been able to pass an audit (this last point was especially noteworthy to me because the Repubs were always calling for a fraud audit of the Education Deparment, which always passes its audits. One year, Rep. George Miller got upset with the Repubs and called for a fraud audit of the Defense Department).

Sad to have to say this, because Rummy is such a horror, but one of his tactics seemed to have been to let people know how incompetent and wasteful the Pentagon was and how many of its weapons programs were unnecessary.

The military industrial complex guys were really upset with him because he was threatening to cut some of their cherished, unnecessary, inordinantly expensive (lucrative to them) weapons programs.

Thanks, Karen. I was (and

Thanks, Karen. I was (and am still) wondering why, if this was such a scandal, he chose to have a press conference about it. Hmm.