- According to John Sopko, the inspector general for Afghanistan, the American taxpayer has helped to pay the salary for the soldiers and police officers in the Afghan army and police corps.
- But in a recent interview with Sharyl Attkinson of Full Measure, many of those “positions” in the army and police do not exist, they are so-called ghosts that draw a salary, paid for by Americans, but whose money ends up somewhere else, paying for nothing that contributes to the success of the Afghanistan operation.
- “We’ve been raising this concern about ghosts going back a number of years,” stated Sopko. “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.”
- In a separate Fox News report late last year, that report estimated that the ghosts fraud could be as high as $300 million annually.
- According to Sopko, the higher ranked officers in the Afghan army and police corps are just pocketing the ghosts’ salaries: “Major fraud. And what’s happening is the commanders or generals or other higher officials are actually pocketing the salaries of the ghosts.”
- Sopko went on: “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.’”
- But the defrauding of the American taxpayer does not only occur with police and army personnel: “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.”
- The article contends that the Trump administration is finally doing what the Obama administration did not do and fix the problem by implementing so-called “proof of life” before paying out taxpayer funded salaries.
2) Sometimes you wonder where common sense hides when it comes to politicians. In Minnesota recently, a common sense law was voted on which would allow life insurance companies to deny death insurance benefits if the deceased killed themselves in a terrorist attack on Americans. Makes sense, if you intentionally kill yourself while killing others for a terroristic reason, life insurance companies should not have to pay for your idiocy and martyrdom. If you commit suicide, I believe life insurance companies do not have to pay out so it seems reasonable that if you kill yourself say in a suicide bombing attack, life insurance companies definitely should not have to pay out death benefits.But apparently that sanity is lost on a Muslim state politician in Minnesota who actually voted against this proposed law in that state. According to Leo Hohmann writing for the WND website:
- Illhab Omar was a community organizer who came to this country from Somalia as a refugee.
- She is now an elected member of the Minnesota state legislature.
- She was two out of 129 legislators who voted “against a bill that would allow life insurance companies to deny payouts to the beneficiaries of terrorists who die in violent attacks on Americans.”
- This legislation was introduced in Minnesota in reaction to the terror attack in San Bernardino, California in which 14 Americans died and 22 others were injured.
- The terrorists in that attack, a husband and wife terror team, made sure that their life insurance policies were valid before they carried out their terror attack, likely to insure their daughter was properly cared for after they were likely to die for their actions.
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