Saturday, August 25, 2012

The Excessive Unauthorised Spending by a Four-Star General vs. Racist Panetta who Stole MORE FROM U.S. TAXPAYERS

Racist Panetta using black General as scapegoat to cover for HIS THEFT OF OVER $800,000.00 OF TAXPAYER MONEY FOR 1ST CLASS FLIGHTS HOME TO VISIT HIS FAMILY:   Equally racist Daily Mail shills for, attempts to shield their master Panetta by "forgetting" to ask him when he is going to pay back money he stole from U.S. taxpayers

Daily Mail
By Lydia Warren

A four-star general used military vehicles to take his wife on shopping trips, billed the government for stays in lavish hotels and accepted Broadway tickets from a 'prohibited source' with defense contracts, an investigation has found.

RACIST, coward, liar, common thief, War Criminal Leon Panetta
Gen. William 'Kip' Ward, the former head of the U.S. Africa Command, faces demotion in light of the investigation into his excessive unauthorised spending by the Department of Defense.

A 99-page report details his plush lifestyle at the expense of taxpayers, which came despite repeated warnings by officials that his spending was not above board.

It gives a startling insight into his extravagant unapproved expenses, including stays at five-star hotels for extended trips and the use of official vehicles to pick up snacks.

Many of Ward’s 79 official trips to Europe, Africa or across the United States involved extracurricular or personal excursions at the taxpayer's expense, the records show.

On one trip to Germany, where Africa Command is based, Ward, his wife and staff stayed in Bermuda for a refueling stop - where the couple stayed in a $750 suite and billed it to the government.

No more guilty than Panetta:  General William Ward, USA
His staff travelled to Bermuda ahead of his arrival; in total, the cost of their rooms came to more than $10,000, without meals or transportation.

Ward, 63, defended the layover as a 'crew stop' and blamed his staff for the decision to stay, the report notes.

On another occasion in June 2010, Ward and his wife Joyce accepted dinner and Broadway show tickets from a 'prohibited source' with over $4 million in military contracts.

He attended Fences with his wife and the contractor and his family, before going backstage to meet actor Denzel Washington.

The couple and several staff members then spent the night at the five-star Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

When he was asked to explain the business conducted with the contractor, Ward said vaguely: 'We could have talked about being an effective leader, some of my lessons learned, some of my anecdotes, some of the things I have done as a leader.'

It also details how Ward used five-vehicle motorcades when he travelled to Washington, and how he and his wife used government-rented cars to pick up flowers, books, snacks and football game tickets.

She also used the vehicles to visit a department store and a spa.

His wife's presence throughout the report is also noteworthy; Ward insisted on her traveling with him even though she did not perform any official duties and it was not authorised.

In fact, the reports notes she joined the general on a staggering 52 of the 79 trips they investigated.

On one occasion, he asked to use military aircraft for a personal trip but it was denied, so he abruptly changed the trip to an official one by adding a quick meeting.

In another case, during an 11-day trip to Washington, his official duties were a visit to see wounded soldiers, a 90-minute meeting and a State Department meeting, yet he billed the government more than $129,000 to cover the hotel and other costs for him, his wife and 13 staff.

The report also notes how his wife asked a staffer to buy her a bag of 'dark chocolate Snickers' bars and that the general would give 'a couple of dollars' for it.

'We conclude Gen. Ward engaged in multiple forms of misconduct related to official and unofficial travel,' the inspector general's report said.

It added that he misused military aircraft, his position and staff time, and he often received reimbursement far exceeding the approved military rate.

Ward, who at four stars has the highest rank in the Army, could be demoted following the results of the 17-month investigation.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will make a final decision on the matter and Ward's potential demotion before the end of the month, defense officials said.

While his total amount of spending was not disclosed, it is comparable to the $823,000 allegedly spent by General Services Administration staff, accused of lavish spending at a 2010 Las Vegas conference.

Panetta can demote Ward and force him to retire at a lower rank.

He had sought to retire last year and carried out the paperwork to make it possible, before attending his retirement ceremony in April 2011 at Fort Myer, Virginia.

But the Army put his retirement on hold while the investigation is under way - and he will only be allowed to retire once they conclude which rank he will be.

He has been working in Northern Virginia, serving as a special assistant to the vice chief of the Army.

Because Ward's alleged offenses occurred while he was a four-star general, he could be forced to retire as a three-star, which officials said could cost him as much as $1 million in retirement pay.

It was not immediately clear whether Ward also could face criminal charges.

It is unlikely he would be demoted as far as two-star rank; investigators would have to conclude that he also had problems before Africa Command, and officials said that does not appear to be the case.

The investigation has dragged on so long that Ward technically has been demoted from his four-star general rank to two-star general. Under military guidelines, if a general is not serving in a four-star command or office for more than 60 days, he or she is automatically reduced to two-star rank.

Subsequently, Ward's base pay went from more than $20,000 a month as a four-star to about $14,000 a month as a two-star.

Officials said that if he is allowed to retire as a three-star or four-star, he would not receive any back pay for the 15 months he served at the lower rank.

Ward was commissioned into the infantry in 1971 and served overseas in Korea, Egypt, Somalia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Israel and Germany.

In his role in the Africa Command, he was meet with African leaders and work to expand and strengthen U.S. military ties so that the nations there are better able to provide for their own defense.

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