EXPOSE ‘Black budget’ How to De-Fund the CIA

By Christopher R Rice

U.S. spy agencies have built an intelligence-gathering colossus since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, but remain unable to provide critical information to the president on a range of national security threats, according to the government’s top-secret budget.

The $52.6 billion “black budget” for fiscal 2013, obtained by The Washington Post from former ­intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, maps a bureaucratic and operational landscape that has never been subject to public scrutiny.

Although the government has annually released its overall level of intelligence spending since 2007, it has not divulged how it uses the money or how it performs against the goals set by the president and Congress.

The 178-page budget summary for the National Intelligence Program details the successes, failures and objectives of the 16 spy agencies that make up the U.S. intelligence community, which has 107,035 employees.

The summary describes cutting-edge technologies, agent recruiting and ongoing operations. The Post is withholding some information after consultation with U.S. officials who expressed concerns about the risk to intelligence sources and methods. Sensitive details are so pervasive in the documents that The Post is publishing only summary tables and charts online.

“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 Jr. wrote in response to inquiries from The Post.

Among the notable revelations in the budget summary:

●Spending by the CIA has surged past that of every other spy agency, with $14.7 billion in requested funding for 2013. The figure vastly exceeds outside estimates and is nearly 50 percent above that of the National Security Agency, which conducts eavesdropping operations and has long been considered the behemoth of the community.

●The CIA and the NSA have begun aggressive new efforts to hack into foreign computer networks to steal information or sabotage enemy systems, embracing what the budget refers to as “offensive cyber operations.”
●Long before Snowden’s leaks, the U.S. intelligence community worried about “anomalous behavior” by employees and contractors with access to classified material. The NSA planned to ward off a “potential insider compromise of sensitive information” by re-investigating at least 4,000 people this year who hold high-level security clearances.

●U.S. intelligence officials take an active interest in friends as well as foes. Pakistan is described in detail as an “intractable target,” and counterintelligence operations “are strategically focused against [the] priority targets of China, Russia, Iran, Cuba and Israel.” The latter is a U.S. ally but has a history of espionage attempts against the United States.

●In words, deeds and dollars, intelligence agencies remain fixed on terrorism as the gravest threat to national security, which is listed first among five “mission ob­jectives.” Counterterrorism programs employ one in four members of the intelligence workforce and account for one-third of the intelligence program’s spending.

●The governments of Iran, China and Russia are difficult to penetrate, but North Korea’s may be the most opaque. There are five “critical” gaps in U.S. intelligence about Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs, and analysts know virtually nothing about the intentions of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Formally known as the Congressional Budget Justification for the National Intelligence Program, the “top-secret” blueprint represents spending levels proposed to the House and Senate intelligence committees in February 2012.

The document describes a constellation of spy agencies that track millions of surveillance targets and carry out operations that include hundreds of lethal strikes. They are organized around five priorities: combating terrorism, stopping the spread of nuclear and other unconventional weapons, warning U.S. leaders about critical events overseas, defending against foreign espionage, and conducting cyber-operations.

EDITORS NOTE: They left out the overthrowing of democratically elected presidents and replacing them with blood thirsty dictators to maximize corporate profits. Guess that's in the black-black budget?

In an introduction, Clapper said the threats facing the United States “virtually defy rank-ordering.” He warned of “hard choices” as the intelligence community — sometimes referred to as the “IC” — seeks to rein in spending after a decade of often double-digit budget increases.

The current budget proposal envisions that spending will remain roughly level through 2017 and amounts to a case against substantial cuts.

The summary provides a detailed look at how the U.S. intelligence community has been reconfigured by the massive infusion of resources that followed the 2001 attacks. The United States has spent more than $500 billion on intelligence during that period.

The result is an espionage empire with resources and a reach beyond those of any adversary, sustained even now by spending that rivals or exceeds the levels at the height of the Cold War.

“Much of the work that the intelligence community does has a profound impact on the life of ordinary Americans, and they ought not to be excluded from the process,” Lee H. Hamilton, an Indiana Democrat said.

“It was a titanic struggle just to get the top-line budget number disclosed, and that has only been done consistently since 2007,” said Steven Aftergood, an expert at the Federation of American Scientists, a Washington-based organization that provides analyses of national security issues. “But a real grasp of the structure and operations of the intelligence bureaucracy has been totally beyond public reach. This kind of material, even on a historical basis, has simply not been available.”

The CIA’s dominant position is likely to stun outside experts. It represents a remarkable recovery for an agency that seemed poised to lose power and prestige after acknowledging intelligence failures leading up to the 2001 attacks and the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.

The surge in resources for the agency funded secret prisons, a controversial interrogation program, the deployment of lethal drones and a huge expansion of its counterterrorism center. The agency was transformed from a spy service struggling to emerge from the Cold War into a paramilitary force.

The intelligence community with all of it's money and resources has failed to prevent any terrorist attacks regardless of their claims including the San Bernardino massacre, the Paris attacks or twin bombings at the Boston Marathon.

Last week I wrote 10 Reasons to De-Fund the CIA. But I failed to explain my strategy. And received this comment:  

Comment: except that you are missing the main reasons why it will never occur.
  1. The CIA has too much power in Washington, knows too many secrets, and can blackmail every single politician into doing exactly whatever they want.
  2. The CIA can, and will, ensure that anyone who becomes a significant threat to the organization will suffer a fatal "accident". Doesn't matter who the person is, from President down to pauper, the CIA will be perfectly willing to do a "Jack Kennedy" on them.
Such activities are almost the core and life-blood of its existence, there is no way that they won't use those weapons against Americans just as easily as they regularly use them around the world.

My reply: I agree. That is why I said the only way for this to work is to what? Because who cooks up these missions in the first place? Um, Congress members and Senators.

Will it work? Not really, for the reasons that you've described, the CIA can never be fully defunded. But, if enough people called the assholes that think up these idiotic missions (Congress members and Senators) it will have what's known as a 'chilling effect'.

Congress members and Senators only have one thing to fear, their voters. Which at the moment are silent about the crimes of the CIA and so they assume they can get away with anything. A simple phone call will change all of that.

Thank you for your comment. You ROCK!!

Comment: I agree completely that defunding the CIA should be done, I'm merely cynical enough to believe that it will not be done.

I also believe that the US military machine should also be significantly defunded, i.e. to reduce it to a mainly Defensive force, rather than its existing role which is almost solely Offensive.

However, the current USA is a military-based empire, maintained by its military, both overt and covert. The US military and the CIA work hand in hand, with the military (in all its forms) operating mainly in the light, and the CIA operating mainly in the darkness. Both are needed for America to continue to enforce its corporate agenda on the world.

And in order to reduce its reliance on both of its overt and covert military capabilities, America would need to significantly change the way that it works, politically, economically and socially.

Which is, unfortunately, unlikely to change any time soon, since Americans are raised from the cradle to the grave to believe that America is the "indispensable nation" and that it is "Exceptional", instead of the reality that it is merely another empire based on brute force and manipulation.

My reply: I agree. I try to give my readers at the end of each article something they can do to help make a change. I think that this is an easy populist solution to a -as you so elegantly explain, a very complicated problem.

But how else would you get the ball rollin'? I sell a simple solution that if employed makes law makers put the brakes on covert ops- overthrows, not completely but surely with enough pressure we could get them to bend. And any cut in the CIAs funds is a cut into the Military Industrial complex forcing either a slow collapse of empire or a reworking of our economy. I think it's more likely that we slow down military spending then have a revolution and overthrow these madmen. So I'm pushing a 'soft' agenda, not a magic bullet.

Is that too unrealistic?

Comment: I agree with the solution, even the approach...

I just doubt that there will be any chance of it being effective, without some brave people already in Congress leading the charge to reshape American politics and the US empire.

And they aren't really there yet.

My reply: That's where you come in. Make the call and get the ball rollin'.


The budget includes a lengthy section on funding for counterintelligence programs designed to protect against the danger posed by foreign intelligence services as well as betrayals from within the U.S. spy ranks.

The document describes programs to “mitigate insider threats by trusted insiders who seek to exploit their authorized access to sensitive information to harm U.S. interests.”

EDITORS NOTE: Translation- they are watching the watchers because they fear some one else will expose their criminal activity, that they try to disguise as anti terrorism. 

ONLY YOU have the power to stop the CIA. And it is as simple as getting everyone to flood the Senate switch board, demand your Reps to De-Fund the CIA. We can 'take America back' and end corporate control of our electoral process by de-funding the CIA. Pick up the phone and make the call.

From the original article: 10 Reasons to De-Fund the CIA

1.) State-Sponsored Murders at Guantanamo. Extrajudicial Assassination of Prisoners

2.) CIA involvement in Contra cocaine trafficking 

3.) "Rectal Feeding," Threats to Children, and More: 16 Awful Abuses From the CIA Torture Report

4.) CIA lied to Congress, White House and Britain over brutal global torture

5.) CIA apologizes for spying on Senate committee

6.) CIA opens up about failed cloak-and-dagger mission in China

7.) CIA in Honduras: the Practice of Selective Terror

8.) Iran–Contra affair

9.) CIA formally admits role in 1953 Iranian coup

10.) The Secret CIA Operation At The Heart Of The US Mission In Benghazi

11.) Libyan Militant Claims Waterboarding, CIA Abuses: Report

12.) Project MKUltra

13.) Terror 'blowback' burns CIA

14.) Blowback! U.S. trained Islamists who joined ISIS

15.) US acted to conceal evidence of intelligence failure before 9/11

16.) The Ten Biggest American Intelligence Failures 

17.) The CIA Drug Connection Is as Old as the Agency

18.) Afghan heroin & the CIA

Oops, did I forget Pearl Harbor, Korea, China, Vietnam, Iraq, Boston, San Bernardino, fake vaccinations, and the list goes on and on.

There is only one way to get this madness to stop. Normally something so simple would be ignored but in this case just calling your Congress member and Senators will do. And all that you have to say is: "I want you to de fund the CIA. Next appropriation's that comes up, if you vote one dime for another CIA fiasco, I'll get you un elected in the next election."

"No more money for the CIA". Get everyone you know to call in, jam up the Senate switchboard. It's the only way. And it will only work when you call. Call now. Get everyone you know to call. You want to change the world for the better? Pick up the phone and make the call.

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