Dana Priest on Top Secret America

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Award-winning reporter Dana Priest investigates the top-secret world that the government created in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In Top Secret America: The Rise of the New American Security State, she writes that it has become so enormous, so unwieldy, and so secretive that no one knows how much money it costs, how many people it employs or exactly how many agencies duplicate work being done elsewhere. The system put in place to keep the United States safe may be putting us in greater danger.


Dana Priest

Comments [11]

STOOMZEE from Northport, NY

The post office should cut mail delivery to Mon, Wed & Fri and continue to employ the postal workers on Tues & Thur to work from home computers - managing, deciphering and interpreting the information obtained thru these database operations.

Sep. 13 2011 12:59 PM

As an underemployed recent college grad with a degree in a "critical needs language," I'm glad that there is at least one area in the US with job growth. I hear plenty of people who want to make government smaller, but I never hear about the fact that doing so would just produce even more thousands of unemployed Americans.

Sep. 13 2011 12:40 PM
DarkSymbolist from NYC!

@ John from office

There is a looooong jump from taking a look at the huge secret spy complex that has arisen since 9/11 and questioning whether it has gotten out of hand and maybe some of our rights may possibly be compromised by it to saying the U.S. should do "nothing".

Once again the right seeks to obscure the point by distorting issues into simplistic black/white thinking.

If we comprimise the rights that make America, America then what are we protecting anyway?

Sep. 13 2011 12:26 PM
Sophie from Poughkeepsie ny

How is all this being financed?

Sep. 13 2011 12:25 PM

Nice attempt at a straw man, John. Clearly there are options between a police state and doing nothing. I'm curious : Is this how you argue with your family and do they fall for it?

Sep. 13 2011 12:24 PM

I am curious — just on the basic question, are we doing a good job of keeping secrets? I mean with all these people and infrastructure, you'd think we'd be leaking everything to China constantly...

Sep. 13 2011 12:24 PM
Sophie from Poughkeepsie, NY

Isn't the author afraid of being assassinated divulging all this secret information.

I'm joking...sort of...boy, this is scary.

Sep. 13 2011 12:23 PM
The Truth from Becky

We are our own worst enemy...think you sound so big and important, I feel exposed with you divulging this information for ALL to hear. Idiot.

Sep. 13 2011 12:21 PM
The Truth from Becky

Why publish this information? Employees and ex-employees who have/had her kind of access shouldn't be allowed to expose this information.

Sep. 13 2011 12:20 PM
Stoomzee from Northport, NY

The keyword here is "decipher"...

The database must decipher the "top secret" information absolutely correctly if the program is to become acceptable and justified...

Sep. 13 2011 12:18 PM
john from office

Once again, the press is first to be critical and would be the first to attack the government if anything happens. What would they have the USA do?? Nothing??

Sep. 13 2011 12:18 PM

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