November 8, 2005

AND ALMOST EVERY PENNY WASTED:

Official Reveals Budget for U.S. Intelligence (SCOTT SHANE, 11/08/05, NY Times)

In an apparent slip, a top American intelligence official has revealed at a public conference what has long been secret: the amount of money the United States spends on its spy agencies.

At an intelligence conference in San Antonio last week, Mary Margaret Graham, a 27-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency and now the deputy director of national intelligence for collection, said the annual intelligence budget was $44 billion.


Keep the electronic and satellite surveillance collecting but then put the data all on-line for everyone to see and read and close the rest of the agencies.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 8, 2005 7:10 PM
Comments

"...Keep the electronic and satellite surveillance collecting but then put the data all on-line for everyone to see and read and close the rest of the agencies..."

Great idea!

Posted by: Oldkayaker at November 8, 2005 9:23 PM

I am not sure we are getting good value for our money.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at November 8, 2005 10:56 PM

Oh, I'm sure we're not getting good value for our money.

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at November 8, 2005 11:38 PM

And language training. The Achilles Heel of the Anglosphere.

Posted by: Peter B at November 9, 2005 9:00 AM

I don't think that 44 billion dollar figure is correct. It probably doesn't include military intelligence expendures, for example the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI), or the Marine Corp's or Air Forces intelligence agencies. In the military every company, batallion, regiment and division has its own intelligence unit. These exependitures are covered by the military budget, not the intelligence budget. Also, I really don't believe that a high ranking 27 year intelligence executive made a cocktail party slip. If he said it, I would bet there was a reason and he wanted someone to believe that 44 billion is the real figure. I've dealt with intelligence people on a few occasions and these guys never say anything without a reason.

Posted by: joelbrod at November 12, 2005 11:44 AM
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