Top Secret America: A Hidden World, Growing Beyond Control

By Dana Priest and William M. Arkin

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.

Corporate Media Discover Private Spies

In Other News, No WMD in Iraq

By Jeremy Scahill

Stop the presses and call the government spokespeople back from Martha's Vineyard. The corporate media have discovered that the United States is radically outsourcing national security and sensitive intelligence operations. Cable news channels breathlessly report on the "groundbreaking," "exclusive" Washington Post series.

National Security Inc.: Washington Post Investigation

The Post investigation uncovered what amounts to an alternative geography of the United States, a Top Secret America created since 9/11 that is hidden from public view, lacking in thorough oversight and so unwieldy that its effectiveness is impossible to determine.




The Secrecy State


The geek labyrinth

by Fred Kaplan


The report’s numbers are fairly staggering: 854,000 people have clearances of Top Secret or higher; 1,271 government agencies and 1,931 private companies do superclassified work related to counterterrorism, homeland security, and intelligence in about 10,000 locations nationwide; 33 building complexes for Top Secret intelligence work have been built, or are under construction, since 2001. But the numbers are the least of it, and the critics who focus on them — scoffing that big isn’t always bad and, after all, we might need all those companies and complexes in this dangerous world — miss the point...

Our big-government war on terror

Cato Institute
by Gene Healy


Guess what happens when you combine a crisis atmosphere with a gusher of federal funds? You get a dangerous, wealth-gobbling bureaucracy that fails to achieve its ostensible goal, whether that’s better health care, ending drug abuse — or uncovering terrorist threats. That’s the lesson of ‘Top Secret America,’ last week’s high-profile Washington Post series on the post-9/11 ‘Intelligence-Industrial Complex.’ You’d think a classic story of government overreach and incompetence would resonate with conservatives, but their reaction was mostly muted and dismissive.

The never-ending drug war

Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger


The Mexican government has just killed a man named Ignacio Coronel Villarreal, who was purported to be the leader of a powerful Mexican drug cartel. According to the New York Times, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency congratulated the Mexican government on a ‘victory in their sustained efforts to dismantle the drug cartels by targeting the highest levels of cartel leadership.’ It would be difficult to imagine a bigger inanity than that particular statement from the DEA...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


"Top Secret America:" The Rest Of The Story

by Pastor Chuck Baldwin

The Washington Post report (for all its failures) should serve to remind the American people of just how vulnerable we are (and have always been) to totalitarian government, how fragile liberty and freedom are, and how necessary it is that we remain eternally vigilant to resist the machinations of power-mad Machiavellians in Washington, D.C.......


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