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ODNI memos outline contracting and intelligence world after Sept. 11

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence released two documents about government redundancy (PDF) and defense contracting (PDF) Monday in response to The Post's Top Secret America series.

The first memo, titled "Questions & Answers on the Intelligence Community Post 9/11", addresses the creation of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence after the Sept. 11 attacks, congressional oversight of newly created intelligence agencies and redundancy and information sharing between agencies. The second addresses the roles of private contractors in the U.S. intelligence community.

The memos follow a statement from Acting Director of National Intelligence David C. Gompert released Monday morning about the series.

By Jennifer Jenkins  |  July 19, 2010; 4:07 PM ET
 | Tags: Dana Priest, ODNI, Office of Director of National Intelligence, Top Secret America, William Arkin, defense contracting, intelligence  
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It is clear that the paranoid perversions of those in control of the Amerikan Empire and its whipping up mass hysteria after 911 made it easy to further entrench fascists inside and around the U.S. Government ~ sworn to protect us from internal enemies within and external enemies without in the world.
~Che Peta ~

Posted by: Peta-de-Aztlan | July 19, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

The Obama people have to be releasing all this information -

It is their version of the War ON the War on Terror.

Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 19, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone mention the mythical man month when the decision was made to add more people to the payroll and to centralize control?

Posted by: ideamonger | July 19, 2010 10:51 PM | Report abuse

No one with an IQ above dull normal can possibly read this series without feeling outrage and fear and sorrow and a sense of profound loss of the American Ideal.

"War on Terror" (This word has become so pejorative, what does 'terror' really mean? Does anyone remember the definition?)

"War on Drugs"

"War on Poverty"

"War in Vietnam"

"War in the Middle East"

These "Wars" are nothing more than one more way (out of many) for the Power Elite to extract more money and individual freedom from the American populace.

We were warned, and warned and warned. Jefferson, Washington, Madison, Eisenhower, many others. History itself.

"Those who fail to learn from history will repeat it." WCH747's corollary: "No one ever learns from history, so we will repeat it."

Welcome to the Fascist States of America. ODNI is a short step from the Cheka, KGB, etc. The pieces are all in place. You have no liberty. Or privacy. Your civil leash is only as long as they wish it to be. Your life is completely in the control of people (Americans, not foreign bad persons) you pay for, don't know, never heard of and who have zero concern for your individual welfare. They can imprison you or shoot you if they decide it is in someone else's best interest.

Thanks for this article. I have little hope that it will do anything but motivate the Power Elite to tighten the shutters and sharpen the PR. The unwashed masses will remain asleep and docile until roused to some inane protest in support of the Power Elite who are exploiting them, when some perceptive person suggest they pay attention to who is shafting them.

"A walk through the ocean of men's souls will scarcely get your feet wet."

Posted by: wch747 | July 20, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

America has a vast "national security" and military establishment because it has lots of enemies.

America has lots of enemies because it has a vast "national security" and military establishment.

I wouldn't worry too much about a few contractors doing intel work, when practically all the senior ministerial posts in the Pentagon are routinely held by moonlighting arms company executives.

The military-industrial complex has no need to influence govt, as its leaders de facto run the govt.

What amazes me is that the American people continue to believe the high priests of for-profit national security, when they tell them that all of this is necessary. It's necessary to spend 20 times as much as Russia? Then how do Russians stay safe with 5% of the outlay, despite provoking almost as many people as the Americans do?

What about Sweden, Italy, Spain, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, Denmark, Holland etc? None of these countries ever get attacked. Because they're NOT LOOKING FOR TROUBLE. The Americans are ... constantly.

Posted by: Bud0 | July 20, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Actually, I should correct that last statement. Spain did look for trouble - they invaded Iraq with the "Coalition". And whaddya know ... they DID get attacked in the Madrid bombings, by people looking to avenge the attack on Iraq.

Posted by: Bud0 | July 20, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Just wanted to concur with "Bud0" As they say "I couldn't have said better myself?

Posted by: marty1314 | July 20, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

the whole argument is non-sequitor. I still don't understand why a government employee is better and more accountable than a government contractor.

Posted by: thedood | July 20, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

we couldn't connect the dots so we added a billion more dots.

Posted by: comments99 | July 20, 2010 11:43 PM | Report abuse

All I can say is America is under siege by the greedy elite

Posted by: ustadh | July 21, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

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