Top Secret America

Top Secret America

The Rise of the New American Security State

Book - 2011
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Grand Central Pub
The top-secret world that the government created in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks has become so enormous, so unwieldy, and so secretive that no one knows how much money it costs, how many people it employs or exactly how many agencies duplicate work being done elsewhere. The result is that the system put in place to keep the United States safe may be putting us in greater danger. In TOP SECRET AMERICA, award-winning reporters Dana Priest and William Arkin uncover the enormous size, shape, mission, and consequences of this invisible universe of over 1,300 government facilities in every state in America; nearly 2,000 outside companies used as contractors; and more than 850,000 people granted "Top Secret" security clearance.

A landmark exposé of a new, secret "Fourth Branch" of American government, TOP SECRET AMERICA is a tour de force of investigative reporting-and a book sure to spark national and international alarm.

Baker & Taylor
An investigative reporter and a columnist for The Washington Post describe the enormous, top-secret, invisible universe created by the government after 9/11 and describe why the system meant to keep us safe may actually be putting us in greater danger. 100,000 first printing.

Hachette Book Group
The top-secret world that the government created in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks has become so enormous, so unwieldy, and so secretive that no one knows how much money it costs, how many people it employs or exactly how many agencies duplicate work being done elsewhere. The result is that the system put in place to keep the United States safe may be putting us in greater danger. In TOP SECRET AMERICA, award-winning reporters Dana Priest and William Arkin uncover the enormous size, shape, mission, and consequences of this invisible universe of over 1,300 government facilities in every state in America; nearly 2,000 outside companies used as contractors; and more than 850,000 people granted "Top Secret" security clearance.

A landmark exposé of a new, secret "Fourth Branch" of American government, TOP SECRET AMERICA is a tour de force of investigative reporting-and a book sure to spark national and international alarm.

Baker
& Taylor

Describes the enormous, top-secret, invisible universe created by the government after 9/11 and describes why the system in place to keep us safe may actually be putting us in greater danger.

Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316182218
0316182214
Branch Call Number: 363.325 P933t
Characteristics: xxiv, 296 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., map ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Arkin, William M.

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StarGladiator
Jan 28, 2014

Well researched, but based on the most ludicrous of assumptions: that all the financial intelligence collected, all their propaganda programs for command and control of the populace through manufactured consensus, is about "national security" while nothing could be further from the truth! Commenter delfon makes many intelligent points, yet falls for the same assumption, it appears (although I may be misreading her/him?). When Obama's emissary to Egypt, Frank Wisner, Jr., arrived and stated that Mubarak wasn't a terrorist and should remain in power, Wisner was acting as the spokesperson for the intel establishment, which answers to the super-rich. The authors appear not well-versed in the history of American intelligence. [And, Frank Wisner, Jr., a sort of step-father to Nicolas Sarkozy and his bro, together with John Negroponte and their Franco-American Foundation, created artificial scandals to aid in the first election of Sarkozy in France. Hmmmm. . . I believe that is construed to be foreign inteference in a sovereign nation's national election? I suspect Frank, Jr., still doesn't realize that it was Sidney Gottlieb and Richard Helms who knocked off his father by secretly giving him a drug which was the same as the drug which Gottlieb was then experimenting with, which induced a state of psychosis and suicidal inclinations?]

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delfon
Mar 12, 2012

A stunning review of what the military industrial complex has become; and a bit of a parody of Chris Hedges, empire of Illusion.
In which he identifies the military as becomine separated from the normal US citizen, and another tome along the sames lines is:
Are we Rome, by Cullen Murphy. The various secrecy levels both in the contractors and in the civil service now are collegial only with their peers; the ordinary American is not included. Many examples illustrate this.The surveillance society respects no one or anything. and one could face interrogation,fine for nothing.
Assassinations are commonplace, so where is justice? where is rule of law? where is control? Gone.Killlings are done as a matter of course, no guilt, even less conscience.
Yet for all this surveillance and privacy incroachments; they still missed Hasan (he killed at a US base) and the Nigerian bomber.
They also missed the Arab spring, supporting Saleh well after he should have been deposed. A good read, but a depressing example of a country gone the wrong way -- and maybe alll the security people just lining their own personal pockets at taxpayers expense.

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Drayjayeff
Dec 02, 2011

The book is written by veteran Washington Post reporter Dana Priest based on research by William Arkin, a Post columnist. Arkin is an indefatigable researcher and Priest, an intrepid journalist. It's a jaw-dropping eye-opener on the sociopathic paranoia of the American government after 9/11 and the insane expansion of top secret organizations and activities. In this respect, the Obama regime has topped the excesses of the Bush administration with no end in sight (!). Despite the recession, Priest describes a level of investment that is as difficult to fathom as it is to calculate (well over a hundred billion and perhaps hundreds of billions). Her key (and well-taken) point is that countries that are more open and LESS secretive are, in fact, more secure.

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Drayjayeff
Dec 02, 2011

"..by the tenth anniversary of 9/11, another big attack on the United States seemed improbable...and yet President Obama had not altered the size or even begun to attack the inefficiency of Top Secret America. In fact, he made sure it continued to receive more and more taxpayer money, despite an enormous federal deficit and an ever-growing $14 trillion national debt that threatened to undermine the nation's financial security" (p. 277).

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