Wednesday, September 07, 2011

PBS Frontline: "Top Secret America"

Tuesday night, PBS Frontline presented a one-hour documentary by Michael Kirk on the response to 9/11, “Top Secret America”, with link here.

One of the most interesting observations was the report of a proliferation of contractors doing specialized intelligence, often in suburban office complexes in familiar office parks with floors built below ground level.  I recognized at least one of the buildings in Falls Church, VA.

The Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld is reported to have created his own intelligence network outside the CIA. 
The end of the show covered briefly the “assassination” of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan on May 1 by Navy Seals and Special Forces.

Dana Priest, co-author with William Arkin of “Top Secret America: The Rise of the New American Security State” from Little Brown, published Sept. 6, spoke frequently.

A good area to examine would have been the background investigations required to get a job in an area that had access to absolutely everything.  If polygraphs aren't admissible, why can the government use them in intelligence jobs?  What about "No-Lie MRI's" and using MRI's for mind-reading?

The link for the show is here.

Picture: NSA, Fort Meade, MD, halfway between Washington and Baltimore.

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