WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US intelligence network created after the September 11, 2001 attacks is so unwieldly, even principal actors within it are unable to grasp its size, according to a two-year probe by the Washington Post published Monday.
The newspaper's investigation found that nine years after the attacks on New York and Washington, the bureaucracy has become "so unwieldy and so secretive that no one knows how much money it costs, how many people it employs, how many programs exist within it or exactly how many agencies do the same work."
Among the findings were some 1,271 government organizations and 1,931 private companies working on counterterrorism-related programs, and 33 building complexes built or under construction to house top-secret work -- the same amount of space as nearly three Pentagons or 22 US Capitol buildings.
Answer by stacymomof2 at 5:00 PM on Jul. 19, 2010
Answer by aliceinalgonac at 10:36 AM on Jul. 19, 2010
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 11:32 AM on Jul. 19, 2010
Social programs have nothing to do with this.
But (as you said earlier) if we don't need bureaucracy in counter-terrorism efforts, shouldn't we effectively lean out ALL areas of government? Why are we ADDING more bureaucracy for social dependency programs and criticizing other areas? Shouldn't we analyze ALL areas?
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 12:06 PM on Jul. 19, 2010
One could argue that the Bush tax cuts GENERATED REVENUE..... One could even argue it MORE an issue of It's how the government SPENDS....
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 12:07 PM on Jul. 19, 2010
Answer by LoriKeet at 10:35 AM on Jul. 19, 2010
My answer was going to be, they haven't thus far...so why would we KEEP them?
They haven't because the Federal Government spends MORE even BEFORE they get a chance to generate. Bush was guilty of this. Obama is only making it worse. Where is the light at the end of the tunnel??? Tax Cuts work. But not when the government spends it x10 before it's generated.... Tax Cuts + Spending Cuts... Reign it in.... And yes, that includes military spending... Much waste is spent by Contractors (for example)... Much waste by congressmen lobbying to have military contractors manufacture non needed parts, etc in order to get jobs in their district... That crap needs to stop.
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 12:32 PM on Jul. 19, 2010
If you want to shift gears and discuss job creation, let's look at the Recovery Act... Let's analyze long term Jobs created in relation to overall cost to individual taxpayers.
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 12:49 PM on Jul. 19, 2010
Answer by waldorfmom at 1:57 PM on Jul. 19, 2010
I agree with LoriKeet & Grlygrtz,
Also the military is only 2% of the budget, entitlement programs are the biggest part of the budget.
After Bush's tax cuts the unemployment rate dropped to 4.5%. It gets me that sweet is all for ending Bush's tax cuts and taking 268 billion away from us & the economy.
They need to cut spending on all the entitlement programs, not raise taxes. A tax cut is giving the people back some of there own money that they earned, not the government. It does not cost the government for something they should have never had in the first place.
Answer by Natesmom507 at 2:50 PM on Jul. 19, 2010