Top Secret America: The Rise of the New American Security State

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Little, Brown, Sep 6, 2011 - Political Science - 320 pages
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The top-secret world that the government created in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks has become so enormous, so unwieldy, and so secretive that no one knows how much money it costs, how many people it employs or exactly how many agencies duplicate work being done elsewhere. The result is that the system put in place to keep the United States safe may be putting us in greater danger. In TOP SECRET AMERICA, award-winning reporters Dana Priest and William Arkin uncover the enormous size, shape, mission, and consequences of this invisible universe of over 1,300 government facilities in every state in America; nearly 2,000 outside companies used as contractors; and more than 850,000 people granted "Top Secret" security clearance.

A landmark exposé of a new, secret "Fourth Branch" of American government, TOP SECRET AMERICA is a tour de force of investigative reporting-and a book sure to spark national and international alarm.
 

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Documents the gross post 9/11 build-up of the American intelligence sector. Topics that stand out are the unplannedness of the whole ("information if useless if you can't make connections"), the ... Read full review

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Now we know what DataBase Mining Journalism reads like: weak narrative, preoccupation with defense contractor real estate statistics, obsession with institutional proliferation and a "just-off-the-press" sense of false immediacy. Read James Bamford's "The Shadow Factory", also a PBS Special Report, for a more deliberative and detailed account. These are serious policy issues that deserve much more than Sunday-Supplement Journalism. 

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