Sun Jun 16, 2013, 10:48 PM
MannyGoldstein (24,060 posts)
US intelligence gathering budget $80 billion. Worth it?
Last edited Sun Jun 16, 2013, 10:55 PM - Edit history (1)
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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US intelligence gathering budget $80 billion. Worth it? (Original post)
Response to HooptieWagon (Reply #1)
Sun Jun 16, 2013, 11:20 PM
scarletwoman (25,783 posts)
2. Maybe, but I think what it REALLY protects are the profits of the private contractors.
The best way to fight evil is to make energetic progress in the good. -- I Ching
Response to MannyGoldstein (Original post)
Sun Jun 16, 2013, 11:22 PM
neverforget (6,826 posts)
3. But they stopped some terra plots!
Or so we're told....
"I'm tired of ignorance held up as inspiration, where vicious anti-intellectualism is considered a positive trait, and where uninformed opinion is displayed as fact." Phill Plait, Bad Astronomy
Response to neverforget (Reply #3)
Sun Jun 16, 2013, 11:30 PM
HooptieWagon (8,837 posts)
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.