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Excerpt: "The U.S. Department of Defense spent an average of more than US$626 million annually on propaganda, more than all other federal government agencies combined, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office."

Pentagon building. (photo: AP)
Pentagon building. (photo: AP)

Pentagon Spent More Than Any Other Department on Propaganda

By teleSUR

16 April 17


It seems the Pentagon needs all it can to sugarcoat the U.S. and its aggressive foreign policy.

he U.S. Department of Defense spent an average of more than US$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 US$117 million, equivalent to 10 percent of the overall budget.

The GAO audit stated that “with the increased popularity and accessibility of expanded media platforms, the federal government’s ability to publicize information has changed rapidly, but the total scope of federal public relations activities is largely unknown.”

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 general’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 “advertising as a tool to help influence to consider military service,” 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 US$540 million between the department and Bell Pottinger, were revealed by the Bureau’s investigation. your social media marketing partner


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+9 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2017-04-16 09:23
Yes, of course. It is good to remind everyone of this. The late and great Danny Schecter used to remind us all the time that the Pentagon has the largest news bureau in the world. They produce more news clips, documentaries, news programs, news releases than any other news organization in the world. They cover almost all subjects. Very much of the news that appears in the mainstream originates in the Pentagon.

It is illegal for Federal government agencies to propagandize the people who pay their budgets. But the Pentagon is exempt from all laws. It has never been audited, as is required by US law. It just does what it wants.
+9 # oakes721 2017-04-16 10:35
Dear Pentagon Propagandists,
Please send personal strip club and casino receipts and tax-credits for false-flag film making to every tax-paying US citizen for our generous blind contributions to our Department of War.
+6 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2017-04-16 14:26
oakes -- good idea. When I get my receipts, I will deduct them from my tax report.
-3 # Femihumanist 2017-04-16 15:33
Spending on propaganda is good for the economy and provides jobs.
+5 # reiverpacific 2017-04-17 18:46
Goebbels would ha' been right at home in the Pentagon.
+1 # DongiC 2017-04-19 14:20
If one is a model soldier, one gets a special trip to the Pentegon and the opportunity to use its special credit cards at various casino towns. With fighters like these, how can we lose?

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