Skip to comments.U.S. spy network’s successes, failures and objectives detailed in ‘black budget’ summary
Posted on 08/29/2013 3:37:33 PM PDT by Seizethecarp
U.S. spy agencies have built an intelligence-gathering colossus since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, but remain unable to provide critical information to the president on a range of national security threats, according to the governments top-secret budget.
The $52.6 billion black budget for fiscal 2013, obtained by The Washington Post from former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, maps a bureaucratic and operational landscape that has never been subject to public scrutiny.
The 178-page budget summary for the National Intelligence Program details the successes, failures and objectives of the 16 spy agencies that make up the U.S. intelligence community...
The summary describes cutting-edge technologies, agent recruiting and ongoing operations. The Post is withholding some information after consultation with U.S. officials who expressed concerns about the risk to intelligence sources and methods. Sensitive details are so pervasive in the documents that The Post is publishing only summary tables and charts online.
Among the notable revelations in the budget summary:
Spending by the CIA has surged past that of every other spy agency, with $14.7 billion in requested funding for 2013. The figure vastly exceeds outside estimates and is nearly 50 percent above that of the National Security Agency, which conducts eavesdropping operations and has long been considered the behemoth of the community.
The CIA and the NSA have begun aggressive new efforts to hack into foreign computer networks to steal information or sabotage enemy systems, embracing what the budget refers to as offensive cyber-operations.
The NSA planned to investigate at least 4,000 possible insider threats in 2013, cases in which the agency suspected sensitive information may have been compromised by one of its own. The budget documents show that long before Snowdens leaks, the U.S. intelligence community worried about anomalous behavior by personnel with access to highly classified material.
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Snowden strikes again...
Which Agency ID’d Hasan in time?
Wave to the NSA dude behind your screen.
Black budget? That’s racisss!
Which agency ID’d Bammy as a Muzzie Bro?
If these yo’s were worth their salt wouldn’t ValJar be serving time?
I want to see the entire 178-page budget summary!
Guess I will have to wait until someone at the Post leaks it.
They were not even able to keep Al Quaida out of the Oval Office.
That’s failure on a level you don’t see very often.
Also..I think the real buried lead in this article is that the WP worked closely with the WH on what they could print...so apparently the traitors in WH really had no problem with this epic leak. Or else they would have at least gotten an injunction or something to try to stop it.
Obama is an enemy to this country and it is time for Americans to wake up!
Thats failure on a level you dont see very often.
You said a mouthful there! I was pretty bummed out with the news of such a big leak until I read your comment. What EXACTLY did they do about vetting the man who resides in the White House today? NOTHING - which I guess is what we really lost regarding the leaks.
You are so right!
Fox is running a story now as well... Satellites over Pakistan guided bin Laden raid, leaked NSA documents say
There is a direct link to the Post story from there as well.
Lots of slush funds in a “black” budget when congress doesn’t have to be told what it’s being spent on.
I hope there are hundreds, if not thousands, of “Snowdens” out there.
It’s scary to think only one person (Snowden) felt it was his duty to spill this. Apparently there’s not one “spy” who’s willing to say “This ain’t right.” Then again, I realize there are powers that can make you guilty of anything they say you’re guilty of.
I’M ON TEAM SNOWDEN..!
Good going, Ed, way to go..!
I used to be one of those “I’m not American unless I support EVERYTHING the intel community does”-IDIOTS.
Now I’m not. I’ve totally changed.
The CIA is NOT full of conservatives, despite being loathed by Hollywood.
In fact, it’s pretty liberal and I’m beginning to think maybe the NSA is also.
I support Snowden, even if he has some whacko supporters.
...and now, a bit of realism for those who don’t really grasp the situation here. The money quote:
“Snowden Leaked Black Budget to the Washington Post”
August 29, 2013 - 10:42 am
SNIPPET: “Some will say disclosure is good. But in this case, disclosure tips our enemies to our goals, capabilities, and gaps in what we know and can do. This disclosure is not good. Its a very dangerous world out there and Snowden has just given our enemies significant insight into how we think and operate.”
“Snowden impersonated NSA officials, sources say”
By Richard Esposito, Matthew Cole and Robert Windrem
(August 29, 2013)
SNIPPET: “Edward Snowden accessed some secret national security documents by assuming the electronic identities of top NSA officials, said intelligence sources.”
” U.S. spy agencies have built an intelligence-gathering colossus since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, but remain unable to provide critical information to the president on a range of national security threats”
That’s because they are busy spying on us instead of the Muslim aggressors.
***U.S. spy agencies have built an intelligence-gathering colossus since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, but remain unable to provide critical information to the president on a range of national security threats, according to the governments top-secret budget.***
What are they talking about?? The only critical information they need is on Tea Party and similar like-minded patriotic Americans. That is what’s really important.