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'Top Secret America' - Yahoo! News on the 'top 10 blockbuster revelations'

Yahoo! News blog The Upshot has put together a cheat sheet of "the top 10 findings" from the Top Secret America project. They are:

1. The U.S. intelligence system has exploded in size since the Sept. 11 attacks. Its budget was $75 billion last year, 2.5 times what it was before the attacks, and more than 850,000 people hold top-secret security clearances. More than 30 top-secret intelligence complexes have been built or are being built in the D.C. area since 2001, and at least 263 government intelligence organizations have been created or reorganized since 9/11.
2. Only a few officials in the Department of Defense have access to all of the top-secret activities and information. Two "super users" in the department told the Post that it's impossible for them to keep track of the mountains of top-secret info they're exposed to. "I'm not going to live long enough to be briefed on everything," one said.
3. Agencies are collecting so much data that they don't have enough translators or researchers to analyze it. Every day, the National Security Agency's systems "intercept and store 1.7 billion e-mails, phone calls and other types of communications."

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Americans and the rest of the world should be angry that the US government is tracking us like we are all criminals. Maybe the Tea Party is right it is time to shake this corrupt government up.

Posted by: metroman76 | July 21, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Yes Metroman 1976 we are all a potential security hazard:

The past few days I gave numerous comments under the fairly unique name “novaloka” at the Washington Post about their “Top Secret America project”. I pasted my website there once.
Also I tried to submit a comment to a weblog at the Homeland Security Digital Library for which I had to subscribe and gave the URL of my homepage.

Then do the US intelligence agencies look into this?
I checked IP addresses on my server….
And the answer is YES!

Through the most important private contractor at General Dynamics:
#6 Hits 109 Files 105 KBytes 4022 Visits 1 Hostname

IP Address:

1805 West Drake Drive, Tempe, AZ 85283
Tel (480) 777-1700
Tel (480) 777-1717,-111.967174&spn=0.004759,0.010568&t=h&z=17

Looks like they pulled out all my files in one go!

Posted by: novaloka | July 21, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Am realy suprised by the NSA article. Did you actually check the facts? The GPS thing is absurd. I've driven to the buildings with my GPS all the time. There is no jamming. That is a simple thing to confirm. Makes me quesiton lots of the claims you make. Sheesh...

Posted by: fact_checking_today | July 21, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

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