'Top Secret America': The Hidden Side of Government After 9/11

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

We're talking about the tenth anniversary of 9/11 all this week. And while we’re remembering those we’ve lost, we’re also analyzing the tragedy's aftermath. A new Frontline documentary and investigative book chronicle the proliferation of covert operations and government organizations that began cropping up in the wake of 9/11. Funding for counter-terrorism programs grew exponentially after 9/11. In the documentary, then-White House counter terrorism czar Richard Clarke remembers: "President Bush said to us, in the basement of the White House on the night of 9/11, you have everything you need. And that was true, because as soon as we went to the Congress, they said 'just tell us what you need.' Blank check."

Dana Priest has investigated this post-9/11 government boom for the Washington Post. She describes it all in "Top Secret America," the new book she co-authored with William Arkin. Her book is also part of the new Frontline documentary, airing tonight on PBS. Michael Kirk is the producer of that documentary.

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Angel from Miami, FL

All I could think of, as I watched Frontline, laying down on my couch while playing Angry Birds on my e-phone was, "Uh, wow." Kiddin'! Now I have to google "Angry Birds". I do know what "military industrial complex" is. Did anyone else notice how many, if not most, of those Bush Admin officials retired in '02 or '03? Why bother with the limitations of the law when you can go work for a covert private organization that can circumvent every law? Even better, they now get paid more money to deploy lethal systems and NOT catch the bad guys. On the bright side, those quarterly evaluations will never compare them to vigilant street vendors.

Sep. 07 2011 09:45 AM

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