The 17 agencies that make up America’s massive spy network
The U.S. intelligence community is vast, composed of 17 distinct organisations each operating under its own shroud of secrecy.Oversight of these agencies generally falls to the Department of defence or Congress, leaving the average citizen with precious little knowledge of how they operate.
Funded by largely classified budgets, it’s difficult to assess how much the U.S. annually spends on these clandestine operations, but one 2012 estimate pegs the cost at about $75 billion.
The U.S. intelligence community is officially made of 17 organisations, but there is even more to the story.
A groundbreaking investigation from the Washington Post found some rather daunting figures:
– 1,271 government organisations and 1,931 private companies are working on intelligence, counterterrorism, or homeland security in the U.S.
– Just the NSA alone is contracting with more than 250 companies on intelligence work, including big names like Northrop Grumman and SAIC.
– Many intelligence agencies are doing redundant work, such as 51 federal and military organisations that track the flow of money in and out of terror networks.
– One reason why those intelligence budgets are classified: millions of dollars in so-called ‘ghost money’ given to foreign governments.
they are all there..its bigger than texas..the absolute fucking obsession with knowing everything about everyone..1984 style..
“1,271 government organisations and 1,931 private companies are working on intelligence”
“51 federal and military organisations that track the flow of money”