Top Secret America | washingtonpost.com

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“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.”

Part of the findings:

* 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.

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4 responses to “Top Secret America | washingtonpost.com

  1. nader paul kucinich gravel mckinney

    America where are you now?
    Don’t you care about your sons and daughters?

    Don’t you know we need you now
    We can’t fight alone against the monster

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  3. It really ends up making life uncomfortable for people with everyday jobs while terrorist work around the rules. We could end up living in a police state in the future, if not now.

  4. Sueinmn

    I would dare say that the economic and moral damage done by our banksters, wallstreet, mortgage companies and greed for foreign cheap labor far outweigh what these terrorists can do to us. The long arms of this Bush created bureaucracy makes for mass confusion as this story relays. Time to rethink it’s purpose.

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