More Secrets, More Surveillance, Less Security



On the Bloated Intelligence Bureaucracy

by Ron Paul

I have often spoken about the excessive size of government, and most recently how waste and inefficiency needs to be eliminated from our military budget. Our foreign policy is not only bankrupting us, but actively creating and antagonizing enemies of the United States, and compromising our national security. Spending more and adding more programs and initiatives does not improve things for us; it makes them much much worse. This applies to more than just the military budget.

Recently the Washington Post ran an extensive report by Dana Priest and William M. Arkin on the bloated intelligence community. They found that an estimated 854,000 people hold top-secret security clearances. Just what are all these people up to? By my calculation this is about 11,000 intelligence workers per al Qaeda member in Afghanistan. This also begs the question – if close to 1 million people are authorized to know top secrets, how closely guarded are these secrets?

They also found that since the September 11 attacks, some 17 million square feet of building space has been built or is being built to accommodate the 250 percent expansion of intelligence organizations. Intelligence work is now done by some 1,271 government organizations and 1,931 private contracting companies in about 10,000 locations in the United States.

The former Director of National Intelligence, Adm. Dennis Blair, has asserted that US intelligence now has the authority to target American citizens for assassination without charge or trial. How many of these resources are being devoted to spying on American citizens for nefarious reasons at home rather than targeting foreign enemies abroad?

It has been pointed out how much information we had about the impending attacks on 9/11, but because of layers upon layers of bureaucratic inefficiencies, our intelligence community was unable to act meaningfully on that information. Obviously we needed drastic change. But it was pretty clear that we did not need more bureaucracy, more confusion, more expenditures and more government.

It is even claimed by some leaders that the intelligence community has grown this way by design; that it is advantageous to have more than one set of eyes looking at the same information. With this logic, is there any number of intelligence employees at which we achieve diminishing returns? Can there ever be too many cooks in the kitchen, in their view?

Are there any problems at all that the government wouldn’t attempt to solve by throwing more money at them? Even now, the government is trying to solve our economic problems related to too much government spending and debt, with more government spending and debt.

The problem with our intelligence community before 9/11 was not an inability to collect information. Therefore, the post-September 11 build-up of the surveillance state does nothing to enhance safety. Instead what Americans have gotten in return for the billions of tax dollars spent on security is a surveillance state that reads our e-mails, wiretaps us without warrants, and strip searches grandmothers at airports. This is yet another instance in which Americans would be safer, richer and freer if our government would simply look to the Constitution and respect the boundaries it has set.

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107 Comments:

  1. The war on terror is as FAKE as the war on drugs. The central bankers intelligence arms (CIA, MI6, Mossad) are the REAL terrorists and drug runners.

    WAKE UP!

    ANSWERS
    1. FREELY Share ALL resources and knowledge worldwide, NO more money/property

    2. Use LATEST technology to create an ABUNDANCE of all our needs, NO more scarcity, waste or theft

    3. Automate/localize ALL production and distribution, NO more wage/debt slavery

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  2. The war on terror is as FAKE as the war on drugs. The central bankers intelligence arms (CIA, MI6, Mossad) are the REAL terrorists and drug runners.

    WAKE UP!

    ANSWERS
    1. FREELY Share ALL resources and knowledge worldwide, NO more money/property

    2. Use LATEST technology to create an ABUNDANCE of all our needs, NO more scarcity, waste or theft

    3. Automate/localize ALL production and distribution, NO more wage/debt slavery

    v=YxPPnCW6sMo
    v=yPmHaTirnCc

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  3. There has never been a RonPaul in the history of the US government. Rand is no Ron, not at all. There is no reason to believe there will be anyone like Ron again. I understand rallying his message, I understand it’s truth, I understanding hoping we can change. Not to discourage you. There has never been a Ron and most likely there never will be. With Ron we were absolutely powerless to bring meaningful change. Can you imagine without?

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  4. Imagine the politics and turf battles in all these agencies. They are probably the foremost experts in providing disinfo to each other.

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  5. Imagine the politics and turf battles in all these agencies. They are probably the foremost experts in providing disinfo to each other.

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  6. Imagine the politics and turf battles in all these agencies. They are probably the foremost experts in providing disinfo to each other.

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  7. Soon we’ll have a Government apparatchik for every 10 private citizens.

    Big Brother has arrived, he’s just working out the details on how to make every common private citizen a criminal so they can begin the oppression of our Liberties.

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  8. No it wouldn’t. go look into 911, it should only take a few mins. to get the truth. Many people say that if the govt. did 911 somebody would say something. WW3 has started, before it escalates it should be stopped. 911 was the fake reason so bring out the truth before it’s too late.

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  9. No it wouldn’t. go look into 911, it should only take a few mins. to get the truth. Many people say that if the govt. did 911 somebody would say something. WW3 has started, before it escalates it should be stopped. 911 was the fake reason so bring out the truth before it’s too late.

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  10. Look,it would be a political suicide for any1 to say that 911 was an inside job.
    I don’t say that 911 was or wasn’t an inside job,but the fact that if he did it he would be label as crazy and no one would listen to him.
    His goal is spray the ideas of liberty and to educate as many people as possible:return to the constitution,restrain the government, stop the wars ,end the fed.
    i have seen you troll all his video recently. So tell me why are focusing on the Ron Paul particularly?

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  11. Look,it would be a political suicide for any1 to say that 911 was an inside job.
    I don’t say that 911 was or wasn’t an inside job,but the fact that if he did it he would be label as crazy and no one would listen to him.
    His goal is spray the ideas of liberty and to educate as many people as possible:return to the constitution,restrain the government, stop the wars ,end the fed.
    i have seen you troll all his video recently. So tell me why are focusing on the Ron Paul particularly?

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  12. The only politician that makes any sense to me. What about you?

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  13. RonPaulRevolution4u

    Down4life
    To get our hands on the power and enact the changes that you and I want, it will take a majority,or at the very least a plurality for us. **We aren’t there yet. That is the fact. I don’t mean to discourage you. The plus side is that our numbers are GROWING, and we’re the ONLY political movement that is right now. Mainstream conservatives have shrunk badly in the last 5 years and AREN’T growing now. ‘Liberals” are now shrinking too. The only demographic which is growing is libertarians

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  14. RonPaulRevolution4u

    Downfurlife

    If you really follow what he’s teaching, this is NOT just about him. It is about US. He is ONLY 1 man and one can only do so much. We need an army of millions. He’s helping us build it, but this takes time. Our numbers are growing but we haven’t gotten big enough yet – but WILL. Our day will come. We MUST be patient and ALL work hard to make it happen. It will be US who go out and make it happen and NOT just him. He is only part of it (although VERT important part).

    WE the PEOPLE

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  15. He has informed. But so what. The Fed, The War, The Bailouts, The Border, The Economy, The illegal spying…. I could write a book – ron has. He informed us yet nothing changed. Nothing is anywhere near closer to changing. Since he informed us of the Fed years ago it has gotten 100 times worse. He already ran for Pres. Although I am unwilling to admit there was a conspiracy, media black out against him he did not have a chance. I am just venting – just disgusted.

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  16. Down4life
    But what if he runs for Pres in ’12 & wins? Or what if he doesn’t win but mounts a serious run & influences a lot MORE minds? And even if he never runs again consider this: For 40 yrs he’s been basically the ONLY member of Cong. advocating a libertarian causes + defending the Constitution when it was UNFASHIONABLE to do so – a lone voice in the wilderness. And you said he “informed” you. That’s BIG. How many accomplish that? And he has informed MILLIONS. That’s a MAJOR accomplishment

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  17. RonPaulRevolution4u

    Down4life
    But what if he runs for Pres in ’12 & wins? Or what if he doesn’t win but mounts a serious run & influences a lot MORE minds? And even if he never runs again consider this: For 40 yrs he’s been basically the ONLY member of Cong. advocating a libertarian causes + defending the Constitution when it was UNFASHIONABLE to do so – a lone voice in the wilderness. And you said he “informed” you. That’s BIG. How many accomplish that? And he has informed MILLIONS. That’s a MAJOR accomplishment

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  18. Ron is nothing more than a talking head. He sells books, gives expensive speeches, clothing lines and some even sell his DVDs. While I agree with everything I says he has not commanded or demanded any change on any issue. He is more qualified than any individual in the nation with a self proclaimed large grass root network. Yet, above and beyond talk he is nothing. I am somewhat thankful he has informed me. But, a true leader or hero would do much more.

    Talk on Ron, talk on

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  19. “More Secrets, More Surveillance, Less Security” Yep – It does smells like communism, A socialism, radicalism and possibly fascism.

    Ron Paul for 2012

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  20. Right on! The trickle down economy seems to work because the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer and murder-suicide. Enough for the rich, God is watching and if the law makers don’t vote for this bill, the Maker himself will come down on them with the greatest of all vengeance.

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    • A new twist on the boring old ‘economic rapture’ that Paulians keep hoping for.

      Yes, baby, this is REAL RAPTURE! Because God is an economist and a politician. Screw REALLY bad things that happened in the past, like slavery, the inquisition, slaughtering native americans. Noooo, it’s ACTUALLY a recession that will cause God to rain down his fury.

      God is selective like that.

      By the way, how come you didn’t work ‘Gold’ into that missive? Get with the program, man.

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