What, Seventeen Spy Agencies Weren’t Enough?

http://agonist.org/steve_hynd/20120425/what_seventeen_spy_agencies_werent_enough

How many intelligence agencies does one nation need? According to the US, lots. There’s a new kid on the block:

The Pentagon is creating a new intelligence agency that will focus on Iran and China as it begins to pivot away from war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan, the New York Times reported.

The newspaper said late Monday that the new Defense Clandestine Service would make use of existing agents, authorities and assets and work closely with the Central Intelligence Agency to track emerging threats.

…The new intelligence service is expected to grow “from several hundred to several more hundred” agents in the coming years by shifting personnel and funding from existing assignments, the Times quoted the official as saying.

The two things I can guarantee about this new agency are that, like all the others, it’s primary mission will be bureaucratic turf-fighting with the rest of the US Intelligence Community and that it will quickly develop into a monster with as much budget and staff as it can garner.

There were already seventeen main intelligence community agencies:

•Air Force Intelligence
•Army Intelligence
•Central Intelligence Agency
•Coast Guard Intelligence
•Defense Intelligence Agency
•Department of Energy
•Department of Homeland Security
•Department of State
•Department of the Treasury
•Drug Enforcement Administration
•Federal Bureau of Investigation
•Marine Corps Intelligence
•National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
•National Reconnaissance Office
•National Security Agency
•Navy Intelligence
•Office of the Director of National Intelligence

And over a dozen lesser ones. No-one’s quite sure how many in total because some are secret.

For a country that loves liberty and shit, America sure has a lot of spies.

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