The secret is out
The Washington Post wants to sell newspapers with an expose so they are promoting a special about the intelligence community.
The intelligence community has grown by leaps and bounds spurred by the 9/11 attack. What is the nation’s capacity to spend on intelligence and everything else? That is the question. Exposing the growth pattern and the size of intelligence investment is transparency American’s want. Of course, the intel community may not like it.
In America, the military industrial complex has become a huge government welfare beneficiary. While some of the work is essential, much of it is wasted because you cannot trust the government to control the giants that are at the same time funding their campaigns.
Corruption is rampant in that regard.
“What's In The Washington Post Story Terrifying the Intelligence Community?
By Max Fisher on July 18, 2010 1:28pm
The U.S. intelligence community is bracing for a Washington Post story scheduled to be published on Monday. The story, largely reported by Pulitzer Prize-winner Dana Priest, will reportedly detail the billions of dollars of intelligence contracts fielded out to private companies. Both the State Department and the the Office of Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), which oversees all intelligence agencies, have sent out internal memos regarding the story. Here's what we know about the story, what we know about private intelligence contracting, and how intelligence agencies are responding.
Likely Conclusions of the Story The Atlantic's Marc Ambinder explains the intelligence contractor problem: "contractors do a lot of work that the government used to do by itself; oversight has become next to impossible; the intelligence-policy complex has created a revolving door of sorts where the line between private companies and intelligence agencies blurs; and of course waste, mismanagement, and more. Since 9/11, the intelligence community has welcomed a surge in contractors while building a larger civilian counterterrorism workforce -- a larger national security state." Ambinder reports that, in an internal memo, "[ODNI Director of Communications Art] House discloses that the series has been in the works for two years, includes an online database of contractors and their projects, and a television partnership with PBS's Frontline." House lists the three likely conclusions of the story:
• The intelligence enterprise has undergone exponential growth and has become unmanageable with overlapping authorities and a heavily outsourced contractor workforce.
• The IC and the DoD have wasted significant time and resources, especially in the areas of counterterrorism and counterintelligence.
• The intelligence enterprise has taken its eyes off its post-9/11 mission and is spending its energy on competitive and redundant programs.”
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