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Congressman Ron Paul: On the Bloated Intelligence Bureaucracy

Discussion in 'Political Debate & Discussion' started by KenH, Jul 27, 2010.

  1. KenH

    KenH Active Member

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    "[FONT=Times New Roman, Times, serif]I have often spoken about the excessive size of government, and most recently how waste and inefficiency needs to be eliminated from our military budget. Our foreign policy is not only bankrupting us, but actively creating and antagonizing enemies of the United States, and compromising our national security. Spending more and adding more programs and initiatives does not improve things for us; it makes them much much worse. This applies to more than just the military budget.[/FONT]

    [FONT=Times New Roman, Times, serif]Recently the Washington Post ran an extensive report by Dana Priest and William M. Arkin on the bloated intelligence community. They found that an estimated 854,000 people hold top-secret security clearances. Just what are all these people up to? By my calculation this is about 11,000 intelligence workers per al Qaeda member in Afghanistan. This also begs the question – if close to 1 million people are authorized to know top secrets, how closely guarded are these secrets?"[/FONT]

    - rest at www.lewrockwell.com/paul/paul685.html
     
  2. poncho

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    Bumperdoodle!
     
  3. preachinjesus

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    The hope that larger intelligence communities will bring better information is proving very wrong. We do have bloated agencies, and not just in intelligence.

    Imagine if the IMB (the SBC International Missions Board) were to go to this strategy. They would have two thirds of their personnel in the US planning mission trips and only 1/3 out in the field. It doesn't make any sense.

    Not just with intelligence but also with defense spending. There is no reason the budgets should be getting bigger. Absolutely no reason.
     
  4. poncho

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    Seems like the only solution the folks in DC can up with is bigger government. HELLO, Washington politicians. It's not working.

    Well, it's not working for the average American anyway.
     
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    Isnt it simple, Americians want all to end all programs, execpt the one that benefits them.
     
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