US Tax Dollars May Be Funding The Taliban

A congressional subcommittee chaired by Rep. John Tierney, D-Mass., released a report today with allegations that security firms in Afghanistan that hold contracts with the Pentagon may be extorting money and giving it to the Taliban. The report claims that up to $4 million a week of American tax payer money could be being used to help fund our enemies.

From the Associated Press:

“The payments reportedly end up in insurgent hands through a $2.1 billion Pentagon contract to transport food, water, fuel and ammunition to American troops stationed at bases across Afghanistan. To ensure safe passage through dangerous areas, the trucking companies make payments to local security firms with ties to the Taliban or warlords who control the roads. If the payments aren’t made, the convoys will be attacked, according to a U.S. military document detailing the allegations being examined by investigators.”

While these allegations aren’t new, the report released today will be sure to give them tons of exposure. Expect this story to get lots of press and airtime in the coming weeks as the investigation continues. It will be of particular interest to the Tea Party and any other political movement advocating the lowering of taxes. Once Americans learn that the taxes they already hate paying may be going, in part, to an organization dedicated to undermining our country, there is going to be a lot of unhappy people.

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