“The top-secret world the government created in response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, has become so large, so unwieldy and so secretive that no one knows how much money it costs, how many people it employs, how many programs exist within it or exactly how many agencies do the same work.”
So begins an investigation by the Washington Post.
“Top Secret America” is a project nearly two years in the making that describes the huge national security buildup in the United States after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks….
The articles in this series and an online database at topsecretamerica.com depict the scope and complexity of the government’s national security program through interactive maps and other graphics. Every data point on the Web site is substantiated by at least two public records….
The Top Secret America database was put together by compiling hundreds of thousands of public records of government organizations and private-sector companies.
The chief reporters are Dana Priest, author of the 2003 book, The Mission: Waging War and Keeping Peace With America’s Military, and William M. Arkin, author or co-authored more than a dozen books about the U.S. military and national security.
Gary has a nice road map to the web site of information at Resource Shelf: Several New Databases From the Washington Post Investigative Series, “Top-Secret America”.
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