Post-9/11 “Top Secret America”

intelligence agency logosA 2-year investigation by the Washington Post shows that the top-secret world the federal government built in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks now is so big, unwieldly, and secretive that no one really knows how much it costs, how many people it employs, how many programs there are, or how much overlap there is among agencies.  International relations Professor Joseph Wippl, a 30-year CIA veteran, says the easiest action for the political class is to enact laws and fund programs, even when every new law and every new program diminishes the return on investment.

“Real political and media leadership would pause to think through reasonable measures to counter problems — but that is hard.  Terrorist attacks against the United States are probable sometime in the future.  How we react to these attacks will determine if we defeat them or defeat ourselves.”

Contact Joseph Wippl, 617-353-8992,

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