The Washington Post’s Damning ‘Top Secret America’ Report

Well here it is, “Top Secret America,” the Washington Post‘s much-hyped critique of an out-of-control public and private intelligence disaster happening in the United States. Here’s the intro, but there’s a whole lot more at the Post‘s special report pages:

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.

The investigation’s other findings include:

  • Some 1,271 government organizations and 1,931 private companies work on programs related to counterterrorism, homeland security and intelligence in about 10,000 locations across the United States.
  • An estimated 854,000 people, nearly 1.5 times as many people as live in Washington, D.C., hold top-secret security clearances.
  • In Washington and the surrounding area, 33 building complexes for top-secret intelligence work are under construction or have been built since September 2001. Together they occupy the equivalent of almost three Pentagons or 22 U.S. Capitol buildings – about 17 million square feet of space…

[much more at the Washington Post]

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  • Disinfodestroyer

    yeah and because its “washington post”, im sure they didnt dig too far into the real dirty sh!t…. 10,000 counterterrorism locations though? thats fvck!n 200 facilities per state? wtf. and with 854,000 people with “top secret” clearance, wouldnt you figure it would be about 854,000 times more likely for a security breach? wow, these morons are alot dumber than i thought…. unless this report is disinformation. i dunno…

  • Cocomaan

    we're so fucked.

  • Hadrian999

    and the funny part is all those resources wouldn't do anything to catch a smart cell.
    something like the OKC bomb would go completely under the radar no matter how much money you throw at
    the intel business.

    • Disinfodestroyer

      yeah because its usually the damn agencies that are supposed to prevent things like okc and 911 that end up being partially responsible for the attacks. filthy bastards. its kinda sickening. im not saying “everythings an inside job”, but its a good general assumption based on history. theres always a special interest group having their way with peoples fears after attacks like okc/911. always conflicting evidence… always dead whistleblowers…

      • Hadrian999

        it is sad that our government has shown they are willing to despicable things to control and manipulate perceptions, ever since the disclosure of the planned operation northwoods you do have to consider that these are government operations. but that said, a “real” terror attack,not some cointelpro set up or government operation is next to impossible to stop unless the terrorists are stupid. all this funding and infrastructure is either simply wasteful or a public cover for something they don't want known to the public.

        • Disinfodestroyer

          Yeah exactly, the only attack they have a chance at stoppin is one that they planned. they would SH!T if a “real” terror attack were to happen. they dont expect it, i mean look at okc,9/11, even 7/7 in the u.k. all major terror attacks are state sponsored at the least. or so it would seem… even all the terror attacks in other countries are blamed on u.s. and u.k. intelligence agencies in the end…. egh… people will realize this soon… or were doomed. one or the other.

  • tonyviner

    Why would you spend that much money to find yourself?

    • emperorreagan

      Ha ha. I've discovered terrorist activity…two cubicles over, where they're planning to bomb a formula factory!

  • http://www.cadillacpilates.com Lisa

    This is infuriating. No wonder this country is going bankrupt, financially and spiritually.

  • Anonymous

    Guess Danny Casolaro had it right.

    Meet the Octopus. :-)

    This brings me to an argument I began making right after 9/11, when this all started to get insanely hyper — namely, that all this expansion has done is NOT help us to find the “terrorist needle in the haystack”, but rather, has simply added more hay that must be sifted through, and only INCREASED the likelihood that something critical will get missed — like an underoo bomber.

    Moreover, ladies and gentlemen, THIS is the kind of thing that took down the Soviet Union. Insane spending over those batcrap crazy loons in the Middle East.

    We let a couple of douchebags in a cave drive us to spend so much money, that now we supposedly don’t have enough for unemployment assistance??? Or money to spend on alternative energy??? Or to improve our school system???

    Al Qaeda couldn’t do that to us. We did that to OURSELVES.

    It’s no longer a rational effort to protect ourselves. It’s become a fetish. A secrecy fetish.

  • 5by5

    Guess Danny Casolaro had it right.

    Meet the Octopus. :-)

    This brings me to an argument I began making right after 9/11, when this all started to get insanely hyper — namely, that all this expansion has done is NOT help us to find the “terrorist needle in the haystack”, but rather, has simply added more hay that must be sifted through, and only INCREASED the likelihood that something critical will get missed — like an underoo bomber.

    Moreover, ladies and gentlemen, THIS is the kind of thing that took down the Soviet Union. Insane spending over those batcrap crazy loons in the Middle East.

    We let a couple of douchebags in a cave drive us to spend so much money, that now we supposedly don't have enough for unemployment assistance??? Or money to spend on alternative energy??? Or to improve our school system???

    Al Qaeda couldn't do that to us. We did that to OURSELVES.

    It's no longer a rational effort to protect ourselves. It's become a fetish. A secrecy fetish.