Monday, July 19, 2010

Top Secret America - The Washington Post

The Washington Post has published its investigative report on the intelligence community and the various contracting firms and individuals that support this huge endeavor.  While the report may be enlightening to those interested in what our government is doing to protect us - and perhaps reveals the vast amount of money spent wisely and wastefully - it will likely have some harmful effects as well.  Time will tell. 
"The top-secret world the government created in response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, has become so large, so unwieldy and so secretive that no one knows how much money it costs, how many people it employs, how many programs exist within it or exactly how many agencies do the same work.

These are some of the findings of a two-year investigation by The Washington Post that discovered what amounts to an alternative geography of the United States, a Top Secret America hidden from public view and lacking in thorough oversight. After nine years of unprecedented spending and growth, the result is that the system put in place to keep the United States safe is so massive that its effectiveness is impossible to determine."
Read the entire article here at "Top Secret America - A hidden world, growing beyond control", The Washington Post, July 19, 2010.

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