Monday, July 19, 2010

When Intelligence is Stupid

Worth breaking the WaPo embargo for is part one of a new series investigating our intelligence agencies, or more specifically the explosion of agencies and money sunk into our intelligence appartus since the 9/11 attacks. The stats are sobering:
Some 1,271 government organizations and 1,931 private companies work on programs related to counterterrorism, homeland security and intelligence in about 10,000 locations across the United States.

An estimated 854,000 people, nearly 1.5 times as many people as live in Washington, D.C., hold top-secret security clearances.

In Washington and the surrounding area, 33 building complexes for top-secret intelligence work are under construction or have been built since September 2001. Together they occupy the equivalent of almost three Pentagons or 22 U.S. Capitol buildings – about 17 million square feet of space.
More expansion is still being authorized under the Obama adminstration but it clearly isn't making our counter-terrorism efforts any more effective. In fact the evidence suggests it's having an adverse effect with the information overload, interagency turf wars and failure to share intelligence making the whole operation fairly useless.

None of this is particularly surprising. The only real question I have at the moment is why did the WaPo wait until a Democratic president was elected to start investigating? Seems to me this investigation, while it's good, would have been a whole lot more useful a few years ago before it grew to this proportion.

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Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Anon, you're a spineless coward and a creepy stalker, but I have a delete button.

Come back when you have something intelligent to say and the guts to use your name.

6:29:00 PM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

Spewing rage from behind smoked glass or a brick wall is the last refuge and only revenge of mediocrities and sub-mediocrities against people who are not.

It takes no brains to regurgitate propaganda, to deny objective truth and no brains at all to call someone stupid. Of course such arrogance is always a cover-up and "doing your research" means perusing crackpot web-sites, but if you didn't do yours, that would mean his unsourced information is at odds with all published sources not emanating from the Republican party. I'm sure he'd like you to assume he's part of the intelligence community with some kind of inside information that's somehow also public, but of course he isn't and there isn't any. He's just another troll; another jihadist fighting for a lesser and more corrupt god -- another of the left-out, left-behind, watery brained nobodies infuriated by their impotence, their frustration and the repeated and decisive failure of everything they hoped was true, but isn't.

It's been the experience of my longish lifetime that the people with literally half my IQ are the most likely of anyone to call me stupid. Such arrogance and hostility as we see oozing out of Detroit, America's capital of failure, originates from inner convictions of inferiority. In many cases it's a well deserved conviction. I'm sure you'll concur.

The stupid and the mediocre are always in the majority and virtually all of the policies and incidents and failures of justice in our checkered history are attributed to the passions and the phobias and the arrogance of the ignorant; the easily stirred up, these easily enraged links to our anthropoid past.

9:50:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

As always, I stand in awe of your eloquence Captain.

9:01:00 AM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

Thanks, but I'm so damned tired of the Idiot's crusade I can hardly talk about it. They're too damned stupid to realize they're being used by people who reinforce and feed their anger at being the stunted, limited, ignorant, atavistic mental runts they are. They're the worst enemy this country has ever had -- and the most successful

9:29:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Well they're certainly the most annoying but I think we're not the only ones tired of it. I think they're getting louder to make up for their diminishing numbers. In any event, I always appreciate your scathing comebacks.

3:21:00 PM  

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