A controversial new investigative series by William M. Arkin and Dana Priest has just gone live on washingtonpost.com. A look at the national security and intelligence system, the series was highlighted by Foreign Policy and the Washington Times after the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Diplomatic Security Bureau at State released documents warning contractors, employees and industry partners of the investigation that some say “harms national security” and “pushes the boundaries of intelligence reporting.”
Today’s piece includes:
•Some 1,271 government organizations and 1,931 private companies work on Top Secret programs related to counter-terrorism, homeland security, and intelligence at over 10,000 locations across the country. Over 850,000 Americans have Top Secret clearances.
•Redundancy and overlap are major problems and a symptom of the ongoing lack of coordination between agencies.
•In the Washington area alone, 33 building complexes for Top Secret work are under construction or have been built since September 2001.