The third article in WaPo’s series is here. This one tackles the growing intelligence industry and the intelligence communities popping up in secret in varying parts of the country.
Beyond all those obstacles loom huge buildings with row after row of opaque, blast-resistant windows, and behind those are an estimated 30,000 people, many of them reading, listening to and analyzing an endless flood of intercepted conversations 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
From the road, it’s impossible to tell how large the NSA has become, even though its buildings occupy 6.3 million square feet – about the size of the Pentagon – and are surrounded by 112 acres of parking spaces. As massive as that might seem, documents indicate that the NSA is only going to get bigger: 10,000 more workers over the next 15 years; $2 billion to pay for just the first phase of expansion; an overall increase in size that will bring its building space throughout the Fort Meade cluster to nearly 14 million square feet.
Basically, since 9/11 we have been subsidizing the government’s efforts to keep tabs on some of our phone conversations and emails 24/7. Still think it is only because of Obama that we have this bloated government and an enormous deficit?