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Sun Jun 16, 2013, 10:48 PM

US intelligence gathering budget $80 billion. Worth it?

Given that the Russians told the US, repeatedly, that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was up to no good and they *still* couldn't keep a handle on him, methinks that the fancy spy stuff is nonsense.

If they can't see the broad side of a barn when told where to look, finding needles in haystacks seems utterly implausable.

That money could feed and shelter many, many victims of the banker wars, instead of being spent on silliness.

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Reply US intelligence gathering budget $80 billion. Worth it? (Original post)
MannyGoldstein Jun 2013 OP
HooptieWagon Jun 2013 #1
scarletwoman Jun 2013 #2
neverforget Jun 2013 #3
HooptieWagon Jun 2013 #4

Response to MannyGoldstein (Original post)

Sun Jun 16, 2013, 11:14 PM

1. The $80 billion isn't intended to protect us from terrorists...

...it's intended to protect the government from us.

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Response to HooptieWagon (Reply #1)

Sun Jun 16, 2013, 11:20 PM

2. Maybe, but I think what it REALLY protects are the profits of the private contractors.

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Original post)

Sun Jun 16, 2013, 11:22 PM

3. But they stopped some terra plots!

Or so we're told....

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Response to neverforget (Reply #3)

Sun Jun 16, 2013, 11:30 PM

4. Supposedly 20.

3 of them were prevented by alert citizens (underwear bomber), & 17 were FBI sting operations. So the vast surveillence network failed to stop one single terrorist attack.
However, I'm pretty sure it was very useful in monitoring the activities of OWS, Keystone protestors, anti-Monsanto activists, Code Pink, and the like.

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