Frequently Asked Questions
regarding the
Where is the Money? Petition


  1. What are "adjustments" and "unsupported accounting entries"?
  2. What is wrong with unsupported adjustments?
  3. What happens when a company fails an audit?
  4. What happens when a taxpayer fails an IRS audit?
  5. Why is the US government not held to the same standard?
  6. Who is responsible?
  7. Why zero in on DoD, HUD, and Treasury ... what about the others?
  8. Is this figure the total to-date, or all from the one year reported?
  9. Why assume it's stolen ... couldn't this be legitimate accounting errors?
  10. How can we be missing more than the total budget?
  11. Why get alarmed now … hasn't this been going on for ages?
  12. There are big problems everywhere I turn … why focus on this one?
  13. What does this have to do with me and my family?
  14. How can we stop it?
  15. Can we get the money back?

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  1. What are “adjustments” and “unsupported accounting entries”?
  2. "Unsupported accounting entries" are the adjustments made in accounting records to force the books to balance when they don't add up, for example when:

    1. an operation is negligent in tracking down and fixing imbalances in their accounts;
    2. money and assets are missing, stolen or being spent in violation of the law;
    3. government securities and guarantees are being issued fraudulently or secretly.

In other words, an "unsupported adjustment" is a plug figure for cash and assets that are unaccounted for and/or disbursed unlawfully, with no supporting records or audit trail.
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    For example, let's say the bank statement for your checking account shows that you have an ending balance of $224 left in your account. But your check book adds up to $524. What you should do is track down the problem and straighten it out; if the bank has made a mistake and shorted you $300, you could get them to find your missing money and put it back into your account. However, if you don't want to be bothered, you simply write an entry into your check book for "-$300" to force your check book to to match your bank statement and call it even. This would be an unsupported adjustment, since you have no explanation for what happened to the money.

    Let's look at an example from the Department of Defense (DoD). Let's say a military arsenal sends the DoD its financial reports showing it spent $1 billion, and transferred another $1 billion in planes, tanks, and weapons from inventory that year. Along with the report, the arsenal provides supporting documentation detailing $550 million of expenditures and $250 million of inventory transfers. That leaves $450 million of their expenditures and $750 million worth of planes, tanks, and missiles undocumented, missing, or unaccounted for. The DoD accepts these unexplained figures without documentation, and simply logs it as "unsupported adjustments" instead of demanding a complete accounting of the cash and inventory.

    In the government audits cited by our petition, what this means is that HUD and DoD were permitting $59.6 billion and $1.1 trillion respectively in unjustifiable and improper transactions. This is literally $59.6 billion and $1.1 trillion in public assets unaccounted for – as in missing, misallocated, lost, and/or stolen – with no oversight, and no meaningful effort to document or reverse those fraudulent transactions, or to trace the missing money and assets and get them back.

    Even more disturbing, the US Treasury and the Congress did not require them to do so. Equally disturbing, the banking community that manages government bank accounts, and the investment community that makes a market and invests in US Treasury and Agency securities, did not require them to do so.

  1. What is wrong with "unsupported adjustments"?
  2. Trillions of dollars in "unsupported adjustments" is literally trillions of dollars in public funds, assets, or guarantees missing, misplaced, or stolen from the government without a trace. Whether the US Treasury or the bank where you keep your savings – it is unethical and criminal for any institution entrusted with our money to lose track of it with no meaningful effort to clean up their act and get our money back.
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    Such practices are in direct violation of generally accepted accounting practices for government agencies, the laws governing financial management of federal resources, and the US Constitution.

    Government accountants and auditors entrusted with our public funds, reporting that they cannot account for it and they don’t see why they should, is akin to:

    • your bank manager telling you she doesn’t know how all the money in your savings account disappeared and she doesn’t see why she should, or

    • the executor of your grandfather’s will telling you he doesn’t know how all the savings bonds being held in trust disappeared and doesn’t see why he should, or

    • your stockbroker telling you your account went from 200 shares to 5 shares with no explanation, that’s just to be expected in a place that has so many transactions to keep track of!

    Indeed, liberal use of unsupported adjustments is a red flag indicating serious problems in financial accountability. The ability to blankly report hundreds of millions, or billions, or trillions of dollars as simply "unsupported adjustments" – with no explanation required and no credible attempts to investigate and recover the money – provides the ideal setup for fraud. In the example of the military arsenal in Question #1 above,

    Unsupported adjustments of any magnitude represent an out of control organization with failed operational control and failed audits – a breeding ground for fraud and corruption.

  1. What happens when a company fails an audit?
  2. When a company fails an audit, we stop investing our money in it and at some point, if it continues, we stop buying its products and services.
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    Every financial officer of a publicly traded company knows the importance of keeping track of their cash and assets, maintaining tight financial controls with complete records and accurate and timely financial statements. For companies raising capital in the US, their Board of Directors, their Shareholders, the Stock Exchange, and the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) all insist on this.

    Vigilant financial management and audits discourage fraud and theft, and is what you’d expect in any honest, well-run company. Failure to provide such financial management can result in:

    • Lower or withdrawn ratings on securities, increasing the company’s cost of borrowing or preventing them from being able to borrow, or sell stock

    • Actions by the SEC and the Stock Exchanges that prevent a company from raising capital through securities issuance, or trading their shares on a stock exchange

    • Loss of insurance, vendor credit, business partners, and customers

    Allowing serious financial mismanagement to go unchecked in a corporation, and/or allowing financial fraud and cooked books, can also result in board members and management being held legally and personally liable, significant losses for shareholders, and a field day for the press.

    A non-profit organization, such as a charity, school, church or synagogue, can also be held to a high standard. These organizations can be stripped of their non-profit status, and their board members and management held personally liable.

    A government contractor allowing serious financial mismanagement, and/or failing an audit, can be fined penalties and even lose their contracts.

    If you have ever been responsible for making up any money missing at the end of your shift as a waitress, store clerk, gas station attendant, or bank teller, you begin to appreciate how frightening the current situation is: trillions of dollars are missing and no one is being held personally accountable for our money, and no one is trying to find it. Please take a moment to post your experience at the When money goes missing in my company... Forum topic.

  1. What happens when a taxpayer fails an IRS audit?
  2. The government makes sure it gets complete information about the taxpayer's money, and then it makes sure it gets the money – if need be it simply steps in and takes the money by attaching salaries or seizing assets. And, the taxpayer may be indicted, prosecuted and imprisoned. But is the IRS internal financial management team held to the same level of scrutiny when the IRS is audited?
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    Imagine an American citizen telling the IRS:

    “I can’t tell you how much I made last year and where it went. My computers do not talk to each other (one of the leading excuses provided by DoD and HUD), so I just have to guess and can not be bothered to track down accurate numbers.”

    As a US taxpayer you are responsible for accurately reporting your financial situation, to the penny. You are expected to maintain careful records, and keep receipts on file for at least seven years. If an IRS audit finds that you have made a mistake, you will be required to make up the difference plus pay interest on the amount. If the IRS finds that you intentionally fudged your numbers, you can be charged with fraud, fined with hefty penalties and interest, have your assets seized, and be prosecuted, and jailed.

    The IRS, on the other hand, ranks with the DOD among the top four agencies having "the most significant [...] substantial and long-standing financial management problems"(ref. Major Management Challenges and Program Risks: Governmentwide Perspective, Government Accounting Office, January 2001 (page 15/17)).

  1. Why is the US government not held to the same standard?
  2. The US government is required by law to conform to the same standard, but this is not taken seriously. We continue as if nothing is wrong, buying government securities, paying our taxes, and using US currency. We continue to reelect representatives who take no action to enforce the law in the government agencies or the US Treasury, and who continue to appropriate funds to those agencies. The bureaucrats who run these systems continue to get their salaries and cash bonuses. The contractors running their faulty accounting and computer systems continue to get paid hundreds of millions of dollars, and continue to get new contracts. And their investors continue to make money on their stocks. Hence, everyone involved keeps getting their paycheck, their cash bonuses, their stock options and stock profits.
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    By law, the US government is theoretically held to a similar standard of financial accountability as corporations and individuals. According to the US Constitution:

    "No money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in consequence of
    appropriations made by law; and a regular statement and account of
    receipts and expenditures of all public money shall be published from
    time to time."
        – US Constitution, Article I, Section 9

    By law, each federal agency and department is required as a minimum to balance its books at the close of each fiscal year and to submit audited financial statements. However, both Congress and the White House have continued to appropriate and pay government officials, bureaucrats, and government contractors who plug in any dollar amount under the category “unsupported adjustment” with literally no consequences (ref. ‘High Risk’ Finance at the Federal Level, Insight Magazine, August 2003).

    To date, Congress has not held them accountable, instead has given them even more money and guarantees without making it conditional on minimal standards of financial performance and compliance with the law.

    Investors have yet to shut off market access for US Treasury and agency securities as well as GSE, FDIC Insured, and other related mortgage and banking debt that depends on the federal credit. Investors have not yet incorporated the risks of this breakdown of internal financial controls into their pricing of the US dollar, US Treasury and agency securities, or related public and private credits.

    In short, when private companies and organizations fail to manage their finances properly, they lose their access to other people’s money. Whereas the federal government, whose finances are worse by far, continues to collect taxes and issue significant amounts of securities – borrowing trillions of other people’s money. In part, this has been permitted because the US dollar has functioned as the global reserve currency. That is, investors assume that the US can print more money to fund the drain of fraudulent or cooked federal accounts, and so they are not concerned.

    What’s going on here?

    The US government hires accountants and financial managers and executives with the same qualifications as corporations do. These are professionals. They are not stupid, lazy, or incompetent. The US government spends a fortune on accounting systems and financial managements systems, probably more than corporations do.

    Any professional knows to keep detailed records, receipts, and supporting documentation for each transaction, with or without the fancy computers. If/when the computers fail, they can always go back to the paper trail. And any professional entrusted with the safekeeping of cash and assets, whether a bank teller, executor of a will, stock broker, or an accountant in public office, should be held to the same level of impeccable accountability.

    The main difference between the professionals in the corporate sector vs. the government sector seems to be the federal powers of taxation and credit. As long as the federal government can tax and borrow, and the federal reserve can print fiat currency in the face of a serious absence of internal financial controls, investors in the US dollar, US Treasury and agency securities, and related credits appear willing to finance the US government.

    This raises serious questions regarding the relationship to those benefitting from the breakdown of financial controls, and those financing the government – indeed are they one and the same?

    Whether the missing trillions represent internal political pressures, sloppy operating procedures, and/or outright theft, the US government is entrusted with trillions of tax dollars and investors’ monies each year and must be held accountable for that money, as well as for all securities and guarantees issued.

  1. Who is responsible?
  2. Under the US Constitution, we are responsible. We elect representatives and it is our job to hold them responsible and accountable. We pay taxes and it is our job to find enforcement mechanisms if our tax money is being used improperly or illegally. We have allowed our top government officials to pass the buck or turn a blind eye. And we have let the bad guys keep all the accumulated loot and power that belongs to us, the people.
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    What are these enforcement mechanisms? By law, the Inspector General within each US government agency and department is required to balance the books agency-wide according to the ending balance provided by the US Treasury, and to produce an audited financial report (see for example DoD FY2001 and HUD FY1999). The General Accounting Office is required to review the audits on behalf of Congress (reference GAO Report 2000), and the Treasury then prepares a government-wide financial statement called the Consolidated Federal Funds Report, as well as its own US Treasury Performance and Accountability Report. Congress authorizes budgets and appropriations, along with guidelines and laws governing the use of the money appropriated. The President as Chief Executive is responsible for hiring and firing the agency directors through political appointments. The Department of Justice is responsible for investigating irregularities. Informally, the press as the "Fourth Estate" is expected to keep the public informed of fraud, corruption, and/or financial malpractice, and dig for answers. And the taxpayer, who sends in hard-earned money and elects their representatives, is expected to demand accountability.

    Where is the leadership? See Who's in Charge of the Missing Money for a current list of government officials (elected and otherwise) in the chain in command – the officials who are directly responsible to ensure that our resources are properly managed, to find any missing money, to get it back, and to hold accountable those who have been incompetent or criminal.

    Where are the checks and balances?

    • How is it that each and every professional bookkeeper, accountant, finanacial manager, chief financial officer, inspector general, and auditor within each of these agencies is letting this happen, passing it through their offices virtually unchallenged?
    • How is it that each and every manager, department head, division chief, and agency director is signing off on these financials?
    • Why aren’t the Government Accounting Office (GAO) or the US Treasury pressing for answers and corrective action?
    • Why aren’t Congress or the White House stepping in to straighten out this mess?
    • Why aren’t the FBI or the Department of Justice investigating these transactions?
    • Why isn’t the press having a field day?
    • Why aren’t the ‘shareholders’ in the form of taxpayers, voters, investors, or anyone dependent on the US financial system anywhere in the world screaming about this?

    Part of what we are witnessing is the slow but steady corruption of our financial system over many years, as more and more organized crime activity involving the complicity of government-generated profits has bought up our corporate, banking, and political infrastructure. (For background articles, see The Myth of the Rule of Law, Narco Dollars for Beginners, and The American Tapeworm).

    Citizens Watch with Place Based Accountability

    Ultimately, responsibility lies with a watchful citizenry. However, to understand what is happening, citizens require financial information conformed to the world they see and live in – place based financial disclosure. With place based data you can look at how money is being taxed and used in a particular area, for example where you live, work, or do charity work. You could then work with your representative(s) to reengineer and optimize those funds to ensure the recipients truly benefit. Or you could look up the sources and uses of government funds in your representatives' district as part of monitoring their performance and effectiveness. Surprisingly the current government accounting practices do not allow you to see what's happening in your place.

    On the other hand, with the advent of computers and the telecommunications revolution, large corporations, banks, and governments have created powerful new tools that help them understand "how the money works" in each of our neighborhoods and communities. At the same time, citizen's access to data and knowledge about local government investment has diminished. The federal government has supported this shift in "financial smarts" into large private financial interests by sabotaging efforts to provide citizens with easy, understandable access to financial disclosure for their place. (See On the Money Trail and Where is the Collateral?).

    Transforming our financial system in a more healthy direction will require citizen owned and controlled disclosure of local financial and economic information. (See Solari & the Rise of the Rule of Law.)

    To do so will require illuminating the real deal on "how the money works" – investigating the relationships between who has been financing our government, who has been managing our government as government contractor and depository, and who has been engaging in financial fraud and stealing our money.

  1. Why zero in on DoD, HUD, and Treasury ... what about the others?
  2. This is simply where our research began. Send resources, and we will keep going! We do know that 20 federal agencies have been cited for seriously unreliable financial systems, and given the breakdown in checks and balances throughout Congress, Treasury, Justice, and the oval office, we suspect this might be government-wide.
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    Our research started when we realized that serious amounts of money were missing at HUD (see Why Is $59 Billion Missing From HUD? 11/00, and Where is the Collateral? 10/03). That led us to the annual reports by the Government Accounting Office (GAO), which is reviewed by the Senate governmental affairs and House government reform committees (see GAO's High Risk Update 2001 for DoD page 30/32, and GAO Report 2000), where we began to research the missing money at DOD (Rumsfield Inherits Financial Mess 9/01, and War on Waste 1/02). Significant research and coverage was provided as a result of the Insight Magazine series on the missing money by Kelly Patricia O'Meara.

    Is this happening in the other government agencies too?

    According to US Comptroller General David Walker, the whole government financial system is "high risk" where 20 out of 24 federal agencies' financial systems are substantially unreliable (references: 'High-Risk' Finance at the Federal Level, Insight Magazine; Federal government fails fourth annual audit, GovExec, 3/27/01; US Govt Testimony of the US Comptroller General r e: FY2001 Government-Wide Financial Statement (page 5)).

    In June 2001, Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.), then ranking minority member on the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee (now retired), issued the two-volume report Government at the Brink, where he states, "The waste, fraud and abuse reported to the Governmental Affairs Committee each year is staggering. Of course no one knows exactly how much fraud, waste and mismanagement cost the taxpayers because the federal government makes no effort to keep track of it." For highlights and analysis of this report and others, see Wasted Riches, by Kelly O'Meara, 10/01).

    According to Congressman Steve Horn (R-Calif.), then chairman of the House Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Efficiency, Financial Management and Intergovernmental Relations (now retired), who issued an annual financial management report card for each agency, the government went from a C- to a D overall, and the DoD failed completely (reference Lawmaker lowers government's financial management grade, GovExec, 4/9/02, and Government Management Scorecard, GovExec, 2/4/02).

    According to the Government Accounting Office report titled Major Management Challenges and Program Risks -- Governmentwide Perspective (1/01), although 15 out of 24 agencies have now received a "clean" audit opinion on their annual financial statements (ref. page 14/16), "many agencies have only been able to obtain unqualified audit opinions through heroic efforts, which include using extensive ad hoc procedures and making billions of dollars in adjustments to derive numbers as of a single point in time -- the end of the fiscal year. [...] The fundamental problem is that these agencies' financial systems cannot dependably and routinely produce annual financial statements and other information needed to manage day-to-day operations. [...] 21 of 24 major agencies' financial systems do not comply substantially with fedeal accounting astandards or financial systems and other requirements." (page 16/18). See GAO's Performance, Accountability, and High Risk Report for a detailed breakdown for each of the these agencies.

    According to Tom Davis, the current Chairman of the Congressional Committee on Government Reform, "Countless taxpayer dollars continue to be lost each year to fraud, waste and financial mismanagement in hundreds of Federal programs." (Reference The Consolidated Financial Statements of the Federal Government FY2002, 4/8/03.)

    As for particular agencies, we have seen reports of monies missing at the Department of Education, and the Indian Trusts at the Department of Interior (see Billions of dollars needed to fix Indian trust fund mess, 7/02), as well as allegations about money missing at other agencies, but researching these will require additional resources.

    If you would like to contribute towards such research, we would welcome your donations and/or posting what you learn at the 10 Hour Project Topic of the Forum (the Missing Money Articles & Documents bibliography is an excellent place to start).

  1. Is this figure the total to-date, or all from the one year reported?
  2. We have so far documented $3.3 trillion missing at DOD and HUD....and counting.
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    Both the figures used in the Petition homepage – the DoD's $1.1 trillion in FY 2000 used in the counter, and HUD's $59.6 billion in FY 1999 – are from unsupported adjustments reported in one single year.

    The DoD has also reported unsupported adjustments of $2.3 trillion in 1999 (see Pentagon Still Can't Pass an Audit, Global Beat, 3/9/00, and War on Waste, CBS, 1/29/02, and Oh, no - Pentagon loses $2.3 trillion, Ratical, 2/17/02).

    And HUD has also reported $17 billion in unsupported adjustments in 1998.

    Both DoD and HUD have declined to disclose undocumentable adjustments for subsequent years. More in-depth research will be needed to find out what is really going on.

    If you would like to contribute towards such research, we would welcome your donations and/or posting what you learn at the 10 Hour Project Topic of the Forum (the Missing Money Articles & Documents bibliography is an excellent place to start).

    Keep in mind that these figures reflect money and physical assets that were unaccounted for. This does not include all the waste and corruption of resources that were accounted for!

  1. Why assume it's stolen ... couldn't this be legitimate accounting errors?
  2. For accounting errors to be legitimate, they must be subject to a materiality standard -- a standard rule of thumb dictating whether errors are immaterial (acceptable) or material (unacceptable). A standard of 1-3% of an operation's budget could be argued as immaterial. Hard to say that about adjustments that are greater than 100% of the annual budget! And in any case no amount is "immaterial" to the people and living things that are suffering due to lack of funds for important federal programs.
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    If there is a citizen who cannot get health care or a decent education for his or her children, or there is a toxic waste dump that cannot be cleaned up for lack of funds, it is material to them to get this money back and put it to a lawful and beneficial governmental purpose.

    The needs that are going unfunded are material to the people and living things that are suffering or dying for lack of resources. Hence, we believe that the materiality standard that should be applied is whether or not the amount of money is material to the taxpayers who have to work to earn it or the people and places that are foregoing a useful, lawful investment.

    Money and assets do not disappear "out there" somewhere. Each dollar and asset flows through an office or base somewhere, where people work, people like you, and where some people also steal. In a work environment that lacks basic accounting and inventory controls, where outrageous unsupported adjustments are not seriously investigated, the likelihood of serious criminal activity is very high. Consider this: For $1.1 trillion to go unaccounted for in the DOD in one year, one million offices or bases would have to lose $1,100,000 each. How many offices or bases are there? The DOD employs roughly 3.38 million people (ref. Major Management Challenges and Program Risks: Department of Defense, January 2001 (page 16/18)), and let's say roughly 42 people on the average work in each office or unit. That translates to roughly 90,000 offices and units in the DOD. So each office or unit of 42 people would have to steal or lose track of, on the average, $12 million in one year, or $1 million every month. Every single office/unit of 42 people, every single month. Have you ever worked in an office or outfit where $1,000,000 went missing, every month, no questions asked? Have you ever known anyone who worked in such an organization? Can you imagine what kind of operation this would have to be, to support such serious mismanagement of funds and assets, month in and month out, and not take serious measures to investigate, recover the money or goods, prosecute, tighten controls?

    Of course there is no way to tell how much of the money and assets were actually stolen without a complete investigation. The numbers we have cited are generated by agencies that refuse to comply with the most basic standards of financial management. Nor do they provide sufficient breakdown so that we could discern which items reflect cash or physical assets, as opposed to adjustments to reverse or adjust for legitimate accounting errors. We cannot tell where these problems are occurring -- are they concentrated in one or two regions, or perhaps concentrated in offices where a certain government contractor manages the accounting and information systems?

    For lack of better information, we can use the materiality standard to make an educated guess about how much was stolen vs. legitimate errors. To be generous, let's apply a materiality standard of 10% (!). The DOD's budget was roughly $378 billion in 2000 (ref. Major Management Challenges and Program Risks: Department of Defense (GAO-01-244)). A 10% materiality standard would permit up to $37.8 billion in unsupported accounting entries, as "legitimate.. But the DOD actually logged 30 times that amount -- $1.1 trillion in unsupported accounting entries during FY2000 -- or close to 300% of the total budget that year! Even if you consider $37.8 billion of that to be immaterial (most of us wouldn't), that still leaves $1.0 trillion as material, "illegitimate" raising red flags, warranting serious investigation, serious efforts to recover the entire amount, backed by the full force of the Justice system, flanked by Congress, directed by the White House.

  1. How can we be missing more than the total budget?
  2. This can happen when a federal government is experiencing the financial equivalent of a coup d'etat. Our number one favorite to win is federal credit fraud -- government insiders issuing securities or guarantees privately or fraudulently -- combined with central bank complicity in printing currency and manipulating the gold market. Stealing inventory to sell, such as tanks, jeeps, and weaponry, is also a good bet. Federal credit and inventory are physical assets that are separate from the budget, and are generally much larger than the annual budget.
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    Federal Credit Fraud

    We can be missing more in a year than our annual total budget if the securities and guarantee operations at US Treasury and/or agencies such as Ginnie Mae and HUD are run in a fraudulent manner.

    For example, it is theoretically possible for funds stolen in a week or month to be cycled back in through securities private placements. So long as the reporting of liabilities (whether debt, government guarantees, or contingent liabilities) is not accurate and open, the amount of money stolen would be limited only to the market's ability (including the folks complicit in the fraud) to hold securities and the central banks complicity or willingness to print currency.

    Such a process would be very difficult, if not impossible, to achieve without suppression of the price of gold and manipulation of the gold market. The Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee is a group that alleges and has brought legal action regarding such manipulation of the gold market (see

    Inventory Scams

    In the DOD, for example, a group of defense contractors who trade in weapons, and who also happen to run the accounting and information systems for the arsenal, can generate an ongoing fraud scam stealing weapons out of inventory and selling them back to the arsenal, and no one will be the wiser except the people making all the money on the fraud.

  1. Why get alarmed now ... hasn't this been going on for ages?
  2. When financial corruption grows into financial coup d'etat, there is a reason to get alarmed. The house is burning down. The financial pressure to abrogate social and political commitments increases and the result can be a breakdown of infrastructure or violence.
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    Corruption has been going on for years. However, digital technology and computers, combined with the power of the federal credit, have permitted federal financial fraud to move to a new level.

    There are a number of reasons to be especially concerned now. First, the US government has financed this for many years by borrowing more and more money globally, and encouraging other countries to adopt US currency. We are reaching a saturation point as to how much more financing the global markets can provide to the US.

    Second, the increased power and control resulting from organized crime profits is causing an acceleration in the deterioration of the Constitutional protections under the law – witness the Patriot Act.

    Third, we are building an economy where success is driven increasingly by how clever both people and institutions can be at perpetrating fraud and government corruption – at rigging markets and contracts – rather than at fundamental productivity. This is causing a deterioration in our culture and our economy.

    Finally, we have eaten through our fat and are now eating through our muscle. As our jobs, skills and manufacturing base are moved abroad, Americans are left with our rising consumer, mortgage and government debt without a way to service it. This shifts the fundamental power from the citizens to the people and institutions that control financial credit and capital.

  1. There are big problems everywhere I turn … why focus on this one?
  2. If all of your retirement savings and financial safety net can be stolen, then you and your family are not safe.
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    America is being financially drained. We pay the government taxes. Instead of the government using those taxes to invest in things that make us more productive and secure, the money is being stolen and used in fraudulent ways that harm us and cause the value of our assets to deteriorate. In addition, the government is borrowing money recklessly in our name, money that we and our assets ultimately collateralize.

    There is a significant relationship between political freedom and financial security. If our creditors steal our money and remain our creditors without any effort on our part to establish their offsetting liabilities, they will have us over a financial barrel.

    The current role of the federal government and the federal credit is slowly draining the middle class and introducing feudalism.

  1. What does this have to do with me and my family?
  2. The amount missing is staggering, and the implications are staggering. Trillions of dollars missing from the US government is draining our family and community resources like a hole in the milk bucket, where no one is stopping to fix the hole, we just keep filling it up with more tax dollars, and the bad guys get to keep reaping the benefits. This is syphoning funds from much needed programs and services, jacking up the deficit, stiffing the average citizen with making up the difference (including hidden costs), and putting our families and communities at risk, especially vulnerable to predatory corporate interests.
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    While our jobs are moving overseas, our government and consumer debts continue to escalate at home. This means serious financial troubles for us and our neighbors, particularly if the people who stole our money are now free to buy our land and natural resources at 10 cents on the dollar.

    As funds are juggled to make up for missing trillions, important social and environmental protection programs are increasingly at risk. You are paying for services that aren't provided, and living with the consequences. Indeed, the money often is going for things that increase the power of private interests who are using their increased economic and political power to rig elections, rig markets, and buy up and control your local businesses.

    As regulatory and enforcement agencies are increasingly compromised (such as Enron officials running the SEC), our personal and community assets become increasingly vulnerable to predatory activity. Pension funds are disappearing, community water rights are being bought up by private concerns, etc. Instead of government protecting us from white collar crime, it appears to be financing the white collar criminals with our money.

    Your personal and family financial security and opportunity –especially for your children and grandchildren –may very well depend on a successful resolution of this situation. If not depend, then it will be significantly impacted by it.

    HUD regulates Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (currently under investigation), which are crucial to the US financial system, since they effectively underwrite the mortgage market, financing nearly half of all American housebuyers, and dealing actively in bonds and other financial instruments. Our financial system is virtually a house of cards...

  1. How can we stop it?
  2. By illuminating "how the money works" and then reversing the flow.
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    Take a look at our 12 Step Recovery Plan for the Missing Money for details on how you can help fix the milk bucket and get the missing money back.

    Note that $50 million was spent to investigate the Clintons' failed Whitewater real-estate deal (Dollar Value of Select Investigations, Insight Magazine, 11/24/03), but as far as we know, $0 has been spent to thoroughly investigate the missing money!

  1. Can we get the money back?
  2. Yes, of course. We can and we must get the money back. The primary thing stopping us is the belief that we can not get it back.
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    First of all, banks are required to keep records of all transactions. Hence, it is theoretically possible to establish what cash came in and what cash went out, and with it, what assets were purchased and should be in inventory and what guarantees and securities were issued and are outstanding. If these records have been destroyed, it is possible to ascertain who has failed to keep proper records and who is liable. In theory, there should be insurance or other assets standing behind these responsibilities.

    As we determine what cash or assets are missing and what guarantees and securities have been improperly issued, it is then possible to determine the opportunities through legal action, including seizures and offsets, to get back the money stolen, or recover equivalent amounts.

    For example, if an organization stole $1 billion, and also holds $1 billion in US Treasury securities, we may be able to assert common law rights of offset. You owe us $1, and we owe you $1, so we offset. See The Solari Solution.

    Significant federal asset forfeiture and seizure laws have been created through the War on Drugs, and significant digital tools have been developed to track flows in the banking system that make it theoretically possible to find and take actions that will get back assets in an equivalent amount.

    If we do not get stolen money back, we will find ourselves in a position where we will be forced to sell our land and natural resources at discount prices to the people who stole our money. Why be dependent on those who stole our money for capital on devastating and expensive terms? Why not simply get our money back?

    In addition, a history of federal financial fraud has taught us that the only way to prevent this type of fraud from happening is to get the money back. To the extent the criminals who stole the money get to keep the money, their power only increases, and their fraud increases. For example, the Iran Contra networks were allowed to stay intact and to keep the money stolen from the S&Ls; this created a platform for those people who were successful in those networks to rise to greater power and engage in much more significant levels of fraud in the 1990s.

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