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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Simple quick answer...95% of CIA personnel work inside the U.S.A.
20committee.com: "SNOWDEN, NSA, AND COUNTERINTELLIGENCE" (SNIPPET: "Even President Vladimir Putin has conceded that Ed's contacts with Russian officials did not commence when he landed at Sheremtyevo airport, rather before. But when? That of course is the key question that NSA counterintelligence surely wants -- needs -- to know, All roads here lead to Wikileaks.") (September 4, 2013) (Read More )
Obama administration had restrictions on NSA reversed in 2011
The Washington Post ^ | Ellen Nakashima
Posted on Sunday, September 08, 2013 6:59:34 AM by originalbuckeye
The Obama administration secretly won permission from a surveillance court in 2011 to reverse restrictions on the National Security Agencys use of intercepted phone calls and e-mails, permitting the agency to search deliberately for Americans communications in its massive databases, according to interviews with government officials and recently declassified material.
In addition, the court extended the length of time that the NSA is allowed to retain intercepted U.S. communications from five years to six years and more under special circumstances, according to the documents, which include a recently released 2011 opinion by U.S. District Judge John D. Bates, then chief judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.
Thanks for the ping!
The anti-war Dems are now on to what a big liar Barry is and how surveillance state fascism threatens the left as well as the right!