This shocking newspiece was two years worth of research that cannot even be described here and must be seen to be appreciated. Any red blooded American who considers himself informed MUST spend a couple of hours reading the articles, watching the video footage, and using the rich feature set of multimedia tools that are, quite frankly, the only way to fully visualize the massive Orwellian military industrial complex that is now touted as Americas fourth, and secret branch of government. I knew that a control grid was being implemented, and that all US citizens communications were being monitored, but even I was not prepared for the scale of the information presented in this report.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................................
As for my somewhat controversial signature tagline that appears below my posts, this article confirms that the NSA intercepts some 1.7 Billion communications per day!
Read it and weep. http://media.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/ ... world.html