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Every day across the United States, 854,000 civil servants, military personnel and private contractors with top-secret security clearances are scanned into offices protected by electromagnetic locks, retinal cameras and fortified walls that eavesdropping equipment cannot penetrate.
Beyond redundancy, secrecy within the intelligence world hampers effectiveness in other ways, say defense and intelligence officers. For the Defense Department, the root of this problem goes back to an ultra-secret group of programs for which access is extremely limited and monitored by specially trained security officers.
These are called Special Access Programs - or SAPs - and the Pentagon's list of code names for them runs 300 pages. The intelligence community has hundreds more of its own, and those hundreds have thousands of sub-programs with their own limits on the number of people authorized to know anything about them. All this means that very few people have a complete sense of what's going on.
Originally posted by guavas
What the hell is going on?
This type of story is exactly what ATS is all about. Why isn't this on the homepage? This article was rumored over the weekend, and has since been confirmed. I was going to submit it myself, but my wife finally found this thread by DIGGING FOR IT and SEARCHING for it.
This is exactly the crap Assange was talking about -- the release of information like this is exactly how you get policy reform without violence -- and I'm hearing virtually nothing about it.
My wife and I printed out the whole story as a hardcopy and I've got half a mind to start going out on the streets and stapling this god damn story all over the city.
I'm also seeing references to this story disappear from other MSM homepages as well -- I do not like how this story is panning out. Where are the pitchforks and torches???
I, for one, will NOT let this one get swept under the carpet -- even if I have to dedicate my personal resources to an entire website dedicated to the preservation and distribution of this information.
If this story doesn't light a fire under your ass, then, I guess nothing will. Just roll over and take it folks...I guess that's all that's expected of us by now.
I'm sorry, I'm just so damned angry about all this right now, so I apologize for my vitriol.