Dana Priest and William Arkin’s big blockbuster on the national security apparatus is out, with this teaser:
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.
The War on Terror, like the War on Drugs, is a growth area with unlimited potential, lots of new fiefdoms, and an endless supply of money. The mission and outcomes are secondary issues.