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Congress trims spy budget for 2013 (slightly)

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posted on Dec, 31 2012 @ 06:17 PM
This is good news, IMO, since our intelligence agencies are being used against we the people more and more, in blatant (and expensive) violation of the constitution. The bad news is that they still have over 70 billion to use to spy on us and analyse our every action.

Congress tightens belt, trims spy budget for 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has drastically trimmed the budget for U.S. spies and satellites for 2013, though not quite as deeply as the White House wanted.

In one of the last votes of the year, House lawmakers voted Monday 373-29 in favor of a Senate-passed bill to slightly boost the president's $72 billion budget request for intelligence agencies including the CIA, adding extra cash for the counterterrorism fight against al-Qaida, and the counterintelligence fight against foreign governments trying to spy on the U.S.

That's down sharply from roughly $80 billion in 2012, which marked the peak of intelligence spending since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

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