The U.S. intelligence community is officially made of 17 organizations, but there is even more to the story.
A groundbreaking investigation from the Washington Post found some rather daunting figures:
— 1,271 government organizations and 1,931 private companies are working on intelligence, counterterrorism, or homeland security in the U.S.
— Just the NSA alone is contracting with more than 250 companies on intelligence work, including big names like Northrop Grumman and SAIC.
— Many intelligence agencies are doing redundant work, such as 51 federal and military organizations that track the flow of money in and out of terror networks.
— One reason why those intelligence budgets are classified: millions of dollars in so-called “ghost money” given to foreign governments.
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