New Snowden Leak Reveals Secret "Black Budget" for U.S. Intelligence

Friday, August 30, 2013

National Security Agency (NSA) (Chris Hardie/flickr)

The latest leak from former National Security Agency (N.S.A.) contractor Edward Snowden to the Washington Post reveals the "black budget" for the U.S. National Intelligence Program in fiscal year 2013: $52.6 billion.

Until now, the applications of funds and the performance of spy agencies has never been made public. In a 178-page summary, the "black budget" outlines the technology, ongoing operations, and successes and failures of the U.S. intelligence community.

"The United States has made a considerable investment in the intelligence community since the terror attacks of 9/11, a time which includes wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Arab Spring, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction technology, and asymmetric threats in such areas as cyber-warfare," Director of National Intelligence, James R. Clapper, said in a statement to the Washington Post.

Lee Hamilton served 34 years in the House of Representatives. He is now Director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University, a member of the president’s Homeland Security Advisory Council and the C.I.A. External Advisory Board. He discusses the implications of Snowden's latest leak.


Lee Hamilton

Produced by:

Ellen Frankman


T.J. Raphael

Comments [1]


Hard to argue with Lee Hamilton when he says, "...They know a great deal about you, or they can find out a great deal about you ... Even if you grant the good intentions, and the good will of the present people conducting these programs, once you grant government power, government doesn't give that power up. So what you have to be alert to here is not just abuse of power at the present time, but the abuse of power in perpetuity..."

Sounds like Obamacare.

Aug. 30 2013 01:10 PM

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