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ThisCantBeHappening! Wins It's Sixth Project Censored Award in It's Six-Year History

This time it's for what Project Censored is calling the "second most important unreported story of the year"

The DoD Inspector General issued its report at a time when, in Lindorff’s words, “politicians of both major political parties are demanding accountability for every penny spent on welfare,” and they have also been engaged in pervasive efforts “to make teachers accountable for student ‘performance.’” Yet, he observed, “the military doesn’t have to account for any of its trillions of dollars of spending . . . even though Congress fully a generation ago passed a law requiring such accountability.”

Mandy Smithberger, director of the Strauss Military Reform Project at the Project on Government Oversight, told Lindorff, “Accounting at the Department of Defense is a disaster, but nobody is screaming about it because you have a lot of people in Congress who believe in more military spending, so they don’t really challenge military spending.”...

Also honored for reporting on the same issue was, where Lindorff also contributed an article, focused on how the mainstream media has for years avoided reporting on this major scandal, with a Sept. 2, 2016 article headlined: Ignoring the Pentagon’s Multi-Trillion-Dollar Accounting Error, and Thomas Hedges of the UK Guardian newspaper, whose March 20, 2017 article reported on the Pentagon's stonewalling of repeated Congressional demands that it produce auditable accounts of its spending: The Pentagon has never been audited. That's astonishing.

While we in the ThisCantBeHappening! collective take pride in the fact that this news site, with a budget of just a few hundred dollars a year and volunteer labor by the journalists of the collective has been winning all these awards for diligent reporting that the much better-funded corporate media just don't do, we also want to take this moment to remind our readers that we could do so much more if your would all also take the time to go to the Paypal button in the upper right corner of this page and make a small contribution to our work. That way, we could actually afford to take time away from our day jobs and do the kind of digging that's really required to cover the stories that aren't getting reported on more often.

story | by Dr. Radut