‘Black budget’ Leak Details $52.6 billion Federal Intelligence Industry


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The Snowden hits keep on coming. More information hit the presses this week regarding the classified “Black Budget” and no, it has nothing to do with crappy Tyler Perry movies. According to the Washington Post:

The [Black Budget] document describes a constellation of spy agencies that track millions of individual surveillance targets and carry out operations that include hundreds of lethal strikes. They are organized around five priorities: combating terrorism, stopping the spread of nuclear and other unconventional weapons, warning U.S. leaders about critical events overseas, defending against foreign espionage and conducting cyber operations.

Ever since 9/11, the business of intelligence has soared, so much so that the US budgeted $52.6 billion for 2013 on intelligence gathering, analysis and covert operations. The CIA ($14.7b) NSA ($10.8b) and National Reconnaissance Office ($10.3b) combined command a nice 68% of the funds, but all told 16 different agencies (and their 107,035 employees) get pieces of the spy-pie.

Some people will be furious about the costs, but how do you put a dollar value on keeping our country safe? Obviously our system needed tweaking after 2001, but should we have doubled our spending? Did savvy business men take advantage of an frightened nation following a tragic attack to push a profitable enterprise? Did an overzealous Federal government use terrorism as an excuse to push their “Patriot Act” plan to bring everyone under their watchful eye of Big Brother? Who knows, but if the answer is “follow the money” – and it always is – some folks are doing very well in the Terrorism age.

Definitely check this Black Budget infographic and this detailed analysis to get a better idea of the objectives, successes, failures of the huge US spy network.

Read: ‘Black budget’ summary details U.S. spy network’s successes, failures and objectives – The Washington Post.