• An ‘Epidemic of Graft’ – Anti-Corruption Efforts in Afghanistan Fail Hard

    October 18, 2016

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    Posted in: Afghanistan, Embassy/State

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    The U.S. spends spends $5 billion of your tax money a year in “aid” to Afghanistan, plus billions more for the cost of the thousands of American troops and Pentagon-sponsored military contractors there.



    An “Epidemic of Graft”

    One of the (many) reasons why all that money has accomplished close to jack squat in 15 years of war is corruption. Extraordinary amounts of U.S. money simply disappears, siphoned off at high levels, passed on as bribes to suppliers and Taliban hustlers at the lower levels. It is, according to one study, an “epidemic of graft.”

    Transparency International ranks Afghanistan as one of the top five most corrupt countries in the world (Iraq, another U.S. project, is also in the top tier.) The UN says half of Afghans paid a bribe in 2012; that figure was as high as 70 percent in some areas of the country. The same survey found that corruption was roughly tied with security as the issue of greatest concern to Afghans.

    The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) assessed corruption in Afghanistan “has become pervasive, entrenched, systemic, and by all accounts now unprecedented in scale and reach.” The U.S. Department of Defense Joint Chiefs of Staff wrote, “corruption alienates key elements of the population, discredits the government and security forces, undermines international support, subverts state functions and rule of law, robs the state of revenue, and creates barriers to economic growth.”

    Of course USAID and the Department of Defense are who spends that $5 billion a year in Afghanistan that drives the corruption.



    Afghanistan’s High Office of Oversight

    So to get this all cleaned up, the U.S. helped birth Afghanistan’s High Office of Oversight (HOO), a big deal part of the Made in America Afghan government stuck together like very expensive Legos to create democracy. And since the U.S. sort of made/paid for the HOO, it was somebody’s idea (the Special Inspector for Afghan Reconstruction, SIGAR) to inspect the HOO.

    Here’s what they found:

    — The HOO suffers from a lack of independence and authority to fulfill its mandate, lacks enforcement power, and has failed to register and verify asset declarations of senior politicians. An HOO advisor said “the HOO was never anything more than window dressing designed to keep the international community happy.”

    — Of the 47 Afghan officials who left office between 2008 and 2014, only eight complied with the Afghan constitutional mandate to submit an asset declaration form.

    — Further stymying enforcement efforts was the unwillingness of the Afghan Attorney General’s Office to investigate corruption cases. Some of those cases referred involved embezzlement, bribery, and forgery ranging as high as $100 million.

    — Although former President Karzai declared cash in two German bank accounts, he did not provide the bank account numbers for verification. Additionally, he declared personal effects in the form of jewelry but did not provide the owner’s name, the purchase cost, or the date of purchase.

    — Second Vice President Mohammad Karim Khalili stated he had no cash nor any personal effects.

    — SIGAR reviewed 27 top officials under the current administration who were required to submit asset declaration forms to the HOO for verification. As of March 2016, the HOO reported that it verified one asset declaration form.




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    • John Poole said...

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      Kabul and DC are sister cities. There is a friendly contest between the two to see which can top the other regarding discreet bribes and corruption. Looks like a current tie but with Hillary as POTUS DC will pull ahead fast and easily.

      10/18/16 8:34 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Question???
      Actual serious question.

      Who, as which individual, created the concept of the HOO ???

      I am dead serious when I say, if you changed the names, but none of the other information,

      You just described Arkansas.

      I am dead serious. Most corrupt place I have ever seen. Everyone has a racket of so type going.

      The comparison is spooky. From the top down.

      Spooky. Did we learn it from them? Or did we teach them?

      M

      10/18/16 8:38 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      IF Donald Trump is presidense he says he will take their money since they don’t have oil. Trump also plans to turn the White House into the Donald Trump Fun House where only women will be allowed to take tours in the dark and some orange colored clown gets to grab them as they scream rape. That Trump is a genius and of course the media will write lies about what happens there.

      10/18/16 9:00 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Looks like after 15 years U.S. Democracy is in Afghanistan. Let Freedom for $’s Ring. Freedom Isn’t Free !

      10/18/16 9:00 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Corruption in DC- Patrick Kennedy is the ultimate non partisan fixer. The Democrats know this but why not the Republicans? Kennedy serves both wings of the war party briliantly. He makes sure the proles never catch on that representational democracy has been a clever ruse by the ruling elite since the founding of this so called Republic. He is the ultimate idealist-serving the ruse=the system. He is to be commended for not being petty and partisan.

      10/18/16 9:06 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Actually Patrick Kennedy is the castle eunuch. No matter who sits on the throne he is there to serve and to make sure the moat is deep and wide.

      10/18/16 9:51 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      WIKILEAKS twitter active! New news

      10/18/16 10:05 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Kerry asked Ecuador to stop access weeks ago !

      10/18/16 10:07 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Chuck…

      So…. What your saying is that the creepy guy in the white house, is making sure the wicked bitch, opps…meant witch…
      Bails out obummer care?

      Ah…… Fair government, impartial representation, ….at its finest.

      You of course realize… Next step is to retask a drone for a fly by solution.

      M

      10/18/16 10:49 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      (yawning) Corruption. In Afghanistan. Naw..really?

      bartender, ya got anything to stop fits of rolling on the floor, gut splitting laughter? I’m getting real sore from hourly outbursts. If not..just pour me a double of 150prf Everclear. At least I’ll be too shitfaced to laugh.

      10/18/16 11:12 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      Meanwhile, our good ole Murikan version has decided they won’t even try to hide it anymore….

      https://theintercept.com/2016/10/18/hillary-superpac-coordination/#comment-297670

      sheeezuschrist. If corruption were weather, earth would be a planet sized hurricane and the US would be a Jupiter sized red spot.

      10/18/16 11:18 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Sir Pitchfork,

      Just to funny. Now I’m looking for shots to stop rolling on the floor.

      So…… What ya think?….

      Is the mess salvageable????

      Or…..

      Do we just continue paying taxes for the upcoming bail out of the NOT Affordable Care Act ?

      And…..nope…..I’m Not looking for an IRS audit, or a Drone being retasked from your house….so….NO….I’m not calling for a rebellion. Zombies…yes….rebellion…nope. Not me.

      M

      10/18/16 1:39 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      I like Ike. Nixon’s the One. Sorry but Release the Tapes, or twitter them to some one. Live from 51 !

      10/18/16 1:51 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Will Obama (Obomber) “Whine” when he makes million$ in the years ahead? This country should be a T.V. channel. Trump will have millions from Trump TV next year, no matter what. Freedom isn’t THIS SCAT. Capitalism is failing. Hope peace and Justice rise’s. Have a nice day. Expect U.S.

      10/18/16 1:59 PM | Comment Link

    • Bruce said...

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      HOO-AH ! How does this differ from der US’ Homeland ?

      10/18/16 2:01 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Chuck.

      Sorry…. I have to ask this.

      SCAT……. As in ‘ bear shit?’

      M

      10/18/16 2:46 PM | Comment Link

    • teri said...

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      I made a word salad from your article, PVB.

      Here you go, words and phrases from your article:

      billions,

      corruption,

      bribe,

      USAID,

      “has become pervasive, entrenched, systemic, and by all accounts now unprecedented in scale and reach”,

      subverts state functions and rule of law,

      has failed to register and verify asset declarations of senior politicians,

      was never anything more than window dressing,

      further stymying enforcement efforts was the unwillingness […] to investigate corruption cases

      So here’s a question – are we talking about Afghanistan or the Clinton Foundation?

      10/18/16 4:22 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Teri- both at the same time. Still millions will insist on voting when not voting signifies you are on to the scam and for a sense of personal integrity will not partake in the ruse of representational democracy in a so called republic.
      Just decouple from empire and get on with your life which most likely will be shortened by a victory of those running in any wing of the war party.

      10/18/16 5:30 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Ummmmmmmm…..hmmmmmmmmmmm…..(what sound goes with blank, dumbass stare)

      Huh?

      ……Ummmmmmmmmmmm…..

      What John and Teri said.

      M

      Can’t wait til PVB does an essay on the slave and human traffic markets I understand are over there.

      Which, I guessing will end up in the mile long comments section again.

      Which leads to the question, I always, sooner or later end up asking…..
      And, considering the USG is funding this….

      So, again, the question is…..

      Who is worse…the ones that commit the act….or….the ones that cover it up, as in ENABLE it.

      One of the lessons I have learned is….Enablers are the number one reason for crime.

      M

      10/18/16 6:10 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Ok….
      I realize, completely, that this belongs in the ‘group hug’ essay….

      But….. Just something to remind all of us…. Things can change.

      http://topstories.foxnews.mobi/quickPage.html?page=17224&content=118431645&pageNum=-1

      Oct 18, 2016
      A New Mexico mother thought her son had a big appetite: Since the beginning of the school year, he has requested two lunches a day.

      Josette Duran, without really questioning her son, just packed the food.

      Then, one day, she asked the 14-year-old whether he was not feeling full with just one lunch. “He said, ‘No, Mom. It’s for this little boy at school, and he sits by himself, and all he eats is a fruit cup.'”

      She continued making the extra lunch until she was called into the schools principals office and was told the boys mother — who just got a new job — wanted to pay her back.

      She says, I know this isnt much, but I just got a job, and I know youve been feeding my son, Duran told KOAT.

      Duran, who used to live in her car with her son and washed him in bathrooms, found out that the boys mother could not afford lunch and would send the boy to school with a fruit cup. When the woman offered to pay her back, she refused to take the womans money.

      Duran coaches the Eldorado High School girls volleyball team, which raised $400 to pay her back, but instead of pocketing the money, Duran paid all of the delinquent lunch accounts for students at the school.

      “So now, nobody in that school owes any money, and now everyone can eat, she said.

      M

      10/18/16 6:23 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      Mitch said:

      “Is the mess salvageable????”

      No.

      “Or…..

      Do we just continue paying taxes for the upcoming bail out of the NOT Affordable Care Act ?”

      You’re asking ME?????????? WTF????

      Dude…get a grip. You’re the one buying up Texas.

      “And…..nope…..I’m Not looking for an IRS audit, or a Drone being retasked from your house….so….NO….I’m not calling for a rebellion.”

      Well then,… that pretty much sum’s up your position, eh? vs me. I AM advocating what Pikitty warned the .1%. And it WILL come to pass don’t you know? I mean..how can it NOT? Look around you pal. Meanwhile, you might get a clue why i get shitfaced daily.

      10/18/16 9:49 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Sir Pitchfork,

      Please remember,
      My speciality is that vanishing form of humor called sarcasm.

      You know, the form of humor, where you never admit to shit, (aka: I don’t recall, (34 times in 90 minutes. ).

      The reason I’m trying to buy so much of Texas, is simple.

      Texas has had enough.

      Little bird, who knows a cat, who knows a dog…. Might know the state just acquired a bunch of gold out of the Venzuela collapse.
      One of the requirements for a sovereign nation is having a reserve for currency.

      It is also….

      The only state of the 50 that has the “legal” right to succeed.

      I’m not saying, for the sake of the NSA, that I would EVER support something like that. Nope, not me, not me….

      Especially in a nation, that just last week, arrested 2 15 year olds in Wisconsin, for supplying material support to ISIS. And planning to travel to Iran to join ISIS.
      They did not have passports, jobs, or even driver licenses….. But they are great terrorist leaders.

      We now live in a country that applies law as it wishes, not as it should.

      I mean….shit….Killary was calling for a drone strike on a journalist.
      I mean, SHIT….that one just has to have PVB throwing stuff across the office.

      The government now, finds excuses….

      …such as…

      …” well, you see, yes…er…..ummmmmm….the man we BLEW UP was an American citizen….but….you see….he was not inside the United States…so his civil rights.. ( such as the one that says you can’t be blown up, without a Fucking Trial)…don’t apply ”

      What bullshit is that???

      Its kind of like a guy, I sort of know….
      He got his hands on some REALLY cool documentation, in the form of some tapes, from….oh….I don’t know….1968.

      Hell……it would be so….just AWESOME!!!! To see those published around the world.
      Knock a bunch of power mongering bastards to their knees.

      But… The prudent thing…. Would be… Contact a well known ex state guy…
      And him publish….simply because….

      The only thing our government is afraid of anymore….

      Is getting caught doing the KGB/ GRU/ FSB , Hoover type shit they are doing….

      And only because they would have to quit the big office, preferred parking, and free healthcare for life.

      Besides, Texas has NO state income tax. Also, NO corporate tax.

      So….. Is that vague enough, while being clear, open and transparent????

      Besides…… We love our horses.

      M

      10/18/16 11:17 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Is it true? Obomber to shut down internet access to the DNC and RNC to have fair election !

      10/19/16 8:26 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Fair????? Er…….. What’s that?

      M

      10/19/16 9:05 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Fair is a four letter word like Bull & Shit Vote !

      10/19/16 9:35 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      also scat!

      10/19/16 9:36 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      I see huge FEC violations with DNC and HRC campaign. Then again only truthtellers get prosecuted.

      10/19/16 9:39 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Lots of info from Julian.

      10/19/16 10:16 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      Mitch said…

      “Sir Pitchfork,

      Please remember,
      My speciality is that vanishing form of humor called sarcasm.”

      er…gottcha. My bad. Some days I just wake up pissed off. In fact..most days anymore. Anyhoo..my apology.

      “Little bird, who knows a cat, who knows a dog…. Might know the state just acquired a bunch of gold out of the Venzuela collapse.
      One of the requirements for a sovereign nation is having a reserve for currency. ”

      hmmmmm..interesting. I always thought all it took was enough guns. Of course..I’m sure Texas has that covered too. 🙂

      “It is also…The only state of the 50 that has the “legal” right to succeed. ”

      Oh really? hmmm.. no wonder that moron of a Texas governor, George Bush..er..I mean Rick Perry, was playing Kim Jong-un daily while in office. Interesting no less. I’ll have to research that. Btw, I lived in Texas when I was a Navy kid. Corpus Christi. Loved it then. I couldn’t handle the humidity now though. Nor the knats. Ha!

      “Besides, Texas has NO state income tax. Also, NO corporate tax.” God..don’t tell Trump!! He’d “own” Texas. 🙂
      “I mean….shit….Killary was calling for a drone strike on a journalist.
      I mean, SHIT….that one just has to have PVB throwing stuff across the office.”

      Hahahahaha! Ok, nuff bla bla
      Have a great day.

      10/19/16 10:47 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      Quick off subject…

      Hmmm, I guess my wife and I aren’t the only ones thinking what the cause of Trumps “sniffles” is…

      Whitehouse Press Secretary:
      “You’re telling me that the candidate who snorted his way through the first two debates is now accusing the other candidate of taking drugs? That’s a curious development in the campaign,” Earnest said

      Hahahahaha…perfect. Trump claiming Clinton is on drugs, and calling for “drug tests” before the Debate is a perfect foil. Too bad someone in control of the debates hasn’t decided to do it. Trumps head would explode.

      http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/10/17/white-house-press-secretary-trump-snorted-his-way-through-debates/92299964/

      10/19/16 11:00 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Graft? You have no idea! My hunch is that a cargo plane is headed out of DC with $500 million in unmarked bills headed towards the Ecuador palace’s rear entrance. Assange’s days of sanctuary may be coming to an end.

      10/19/16 2:07 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Anyone have an idea of a realistic safe house anywhere in the world for Assange if the Ecuadorian embassy in the UK accidentally has a serious fire forcing all guests to gather outside on the sidewalk?

      10/19/16 2:10 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      beware fools. i will be ……

      10/19/16 3:21 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Watching Hollywoo.d movies………………

      10/19/16 3:22 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

      35

      The Empire is failing. Enjoy…

      10/19/16 3:24 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      The Empire is failing. Enjoy. just reached a human at C.D. for the first time ever in over 10 years. Very interesting.

      10/19/16 3:30 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Peace is a common dream of many.

      10/19/16 3:32 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Are U 4 evil, or lesser? Do u realize u r a fool? The usa is a Corporate interest.

      10/19/16 3:34 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Have a nice day. Worried about losing your pension? Wsve a flag. GL

      10/19/16 3:36 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Podesta is a PIG

      10/19/16 3:52 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Poof u fu..

      10/19/16 3:52 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      sarcazim ( comments in time out)

      10/19/16 4:05 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Pitchfork.
      No sweat.
      There are 6 requirements to become a accepted sovereign nation.

      A standing military, actually is not one of the requirements.
      Btw….ISIS, they have achieved 5 of them.

      John,
      Not that I know of or can think of…
      Assange is a future dead guy.

      M

      10/20/16 10:24 AM | Comment Link

    • Jhoover said...

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      10/20/16 11:57 PM | Comment Link

    • Jody said...

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      Wonder how much of this money is used to import heroin into the United States ?

      10/21/16 4:11 PM | Comment Link

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