teleSURtv – 2017-04-28 01:33:56
Pentagon Spent More Than
Any Other Department on Propaganda
(October 12, 2016) — It seems the Pentagon needs all it can to sugarcoat the U.S. and its aggressive foreign policy.
The U.S. Department of Defense spent an average of more than $626 million annually on propaganda, more than all other federal government agencies combined, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office.
The report, released last week showed that from 2006-2015, the Pentagon was allocated 66 percent of the US$1 billion annual federal spending on public relations. The next biggest sector to receive funding was the Department of Health and Human Services, with $117 million, equivalent to 10 percent of the overall budget.
The GAO audit stated that â€œwith the increased popularity and accessibility of expanded media platforms, the federal governmentâ€™s ability to publicize information has changed rapidly, but the total scope of federal public relations activities is largely unknown.â€
Pentagon employees account for 40 percent of the federal public relations workforce and also have the highest combined salaries, the audit revealed.
A number of department employees were exposed for spent a total of more than US$1 million at casinos and strip clubs with Pentagon travel credit cards, according to an inspector generalâ€™s report from August. Additionally, the report stated that Pentagon officials did not take appropriate action to prevent it happening.
As well as the Pentagon using â€œadvertising as a tool to help influence to consider military service,â€ the Bureau of Investigative Journalism revealed that the department paid Bell Pottinger, a British-based public relations company to produce fabricated al-Qaida propaganda videos after the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
Between May 2007 and December 2011, transactions of up to $540 million between the department and Bell Pottinger, were revealed by the Bureauâ€™s investigation.
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