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Top Secret America A hidden world, growing beyond control

A Washington Post Investigation by Dana Priest and William Arken

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.

Please read day one of the investigation here

July 19, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , ,


  1. All this to keep us secure eh? Little wonder that we’re out of money to extend unemployment to those who’ve fought America’s wars – built it’s bridges, skyscrapers etc. Meantime BP invades and destroys the GULF and oops, nobody seems to be in charge!

    Comment by Jude Moriarty | July 19, 2010 | Reply

  2. its really not good news for all the nepali and filipino .most of them secrifice their life for the victory but at last the result was just sucking.every family will crush for the decesion making. coz this decesion destroy thousand of there future .more over the newly employee arive in iraq to get some finaacial support for their family are no where like a dead body.so kindly thik upon this decesion once again.

    Comment by raaz | July 25, 2010 | Reply

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