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by Tim Weiner

Category: Politics and Government
Subcategory: Political books
Author: Tim Weiner
ISBN: 0446392758
ISBN13: 978-0446392754
Language: English
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (July 1, 1991)
Pages: 288
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Weiner, Tim. Publication date. of Defense, United States. of Defense, Official secrets, Defense information, Classified. New York, NY : Warner Books. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. Delaware County District Library (Ohio).

The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged.

Blank Check: The Pentagon's Black Budget by Tim Weiner. Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA by Tim Weiner. ISBN 978-0446514521 (Based on a series of Pulitzer Prize-winning articles, Blank Check unveils the . President's secret treasury; provides a look at how the Pentagon spends the public's money without public consent or knowledge. Betrayal: The Story of Aldrich Ames, an American Spy by Neil A. Lewis, Tim Weiner, and David Johnston Random House, May 1, 1995. ISBN 978-0-307-38900-8. Enemies: A History of the FBI by Tim Weiner. ISBN 978-1-4000-6748-0.

Blank Check is the story of the Pentagon's secret budget-the black budget. A remarkable work of investigative reporting, this book presents the first detailed look into the multibillion-dollar cache used to fund every defense program, every espionage mission, every weapon, and every war that the President, the Secretary of Defense and the Director of the CIA want erased from the public ledger and shielded from public debate. Well, all right, then.

While it's never been much of a secret that appropriations for US intelligence services are not disclosed in federal budgets, this audit offers an informative briefing on how military and civilian agencies invoke security to keep covert policies and programs off the books.

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the same blank check black budget, and the same mind-sets that previously led to enormous ineffectiveness, waste, and some outright corruption and theft of government funds

the same blank check black budget, and the same mind-sets that previously led to enormous ineffectiveness, waste, and some outright corruption and theft of government funds. Known as Gray Fox, this new incarnation of Yellow Fruit has Richard Secord, one of the leaders or the Iran-Contra scandal for which several top personalities were indicted and some convicted, as a primary player.

Based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning series of articles, this is a thorough, astonishing expose of the "Black Budget"--a 36-billion-dollar cache used by the Pentagon to fund its own agenda of top-secret weapons and wars.
Comments to eBook Blank Check: The Pentagon's Black Budget
Arryar
Fantastic book and interesting how useful reading an "older" investigation of the defense department black budget and associated misappropriations/abuses can be in easily tying the very same ethical/strategic defense issues to the more recent "Spies for Hire" by Tim Shorrock (also a fantastic read).

The similarities regarding decades long ethical issues with regard to the lack of oversight within black budget is almost overwhelming while simultaneously intriguing and disheartening: no concrete evidence, whatsoever, that Congressional or other government oversight of black budget operations or DoD contracting, in general, has improved. In fact, following 9/11 the situation, if anything, financial and ethical accountability has actually degraded.

This timeless, still-compelling book provides that much-needed historical perspective yet also begs the question: over the next 10 or 20 years is there any reason to believe money will be spent, appropriately, to truly and measurable advance US National Security with concrete accountability for those instances where projects and leaders fail to act responsibly...at great expense to the American taxpayers actually undermining US defense and war fighter readiness?
Sinredeemer
This excellent book should be read by every USA taxpayer, civilian and military. Mr. Weiner, with an excellent bibliography, tells it like it is. Without barriers, he gives historical, verifiable--if you desire--facts on the irresposible mechanisms used by USA presidents to advance an empire through the throats of many countries--beginning with the USA itself, and justify murders, lies, frauds, thefts, violations of the USA Constitution, through the military and paramilitar civil agencies such as the CIA, based on the very doubtful and euphemistic principle that almost anything is a threat to USA national security. Excellent book. Written almost 20 years ago it is as updated as if it had been written yesterday.
Urllet
A well written piece of history on how this system of ours works, operates, and eventually leading to our eventual decline due to inept politicians Hell bent on their own agenda rather than taking care of our nation, citizen's, continued prosperity. Don't expect this book to be a novel written for enjoyment. It is a historical presentation.
Iarim
Very relevant even more so now that the Pentagon's budget is even more out of control.
sergant
Good read!!
Conjulhala
What i love about this guy is that he digs up real dirt without getting into conspiracy theories. I wish he would do an update of this book as I'm sure the black budget has gotten way more intense in the past 10 years. I also strongly recommend legacy of ashes. Don't just read this book, pass it on to someone else when you're done.
Arar
The margins at the binding are so small that you'd have to pull the paperback apart in order to read it. Plus, notice at the "look inside" feature -- it's entirely in boldface type. Each of these make the book unreadable. I'm going to return it, and perhaps try the hardbound instead.
Tim Weiner takes a look at the out-of-control spending by the Pentagon. If you ever thought US "secret agencies" had fixed budgets and strict oversight of their assets' behavior (and, at least, a few morals), take a look at this book you will no longer be left in the dark.

*I purchased this book, but it was so long ago that it is not showing up as a "verified purchase" review", unfortunately. G.R.
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