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DeepModem Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-08-05 08:37 AM
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NYT: Official Reveals (classified) Budget for US Intelligence (in speech)
Official Reveals Budget for U.S. Intelligence
By SCOTT SHANE
Published: November 8, 2005


WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 - In an apparent slip, a top American intelligence official has revealed at a public conference what has long been secret: the amount of money the United States spends on its spy agencies.

At an intelligence conference in San Antonio last week, Mary Margaret Graham, a 27-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency and now the deputy director of national intelligence for collection, said the annual intelligence budget was $44 billion.

The number was reported Monday in U.S. News and World Report, whose national security reporter, Kevin Whitelaw, was among the hundreds of people in attendance during Ms. Graham's talk.

"I thought, 'I can't believe she said that,' " Mr. Whitelaw said on Monday. "The government has spent so much time and energy arguing that it needs to remain classified."

The figure itself comes as no great shock; most news reports in the last couple of years have estimated the budget at $40 billion. But the fact that Ms. Graham would say it in public is a surprise, because the government has repeatedly gone to court to keep the current intelligence budget and even past budgets as far back as the 1940's from being disclosed....


http://www.nytimes.com/2005/11/08/politics/08budget.htm...
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jsamuel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-08-05 08:39 AM
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1. ok, who's roommate was she?
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DeepModem Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-08-05 08:44 AM
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3. Good question! nt
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DoYouEverWonder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-08-05 08:39 AM
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2. Could you imagine if we took just half that money
and spent it on doing things to make people's lives better? We wouldn't have to be so afraid of terrorists if we did.

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papau Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-08-05 08:47 AM
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4. Interesting - the total number is discussed each year - but I had not
realized that the law that forced the administration to come up with the number and reveal it to Congress also made the info classified.

Or did Bush re-classify it?
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grytpype Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-08-05 08:49 AM
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5. I'm sure this is Clinton's fault somehow.
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seemslikeadream Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-08-05 09:46 AM
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6. another link to story
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northzax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-08-05 12:18 PM
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7. not a 'slip' I'm sure
no 27 year veteran of the CIA slips up and mentions something in a speech that they didn't mean to. The question is, why?
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