US gov’t pays 37 billion dollars to intelligence contractors for “top secret surveillance”

If you thought that the extreme amounts of internal and external pressure that’s been placed on the US government to reform surveillance legislation to bare fruit, you’d be disappointed. The congressional commitees in charge of overseeing intelligence operations have relentlessly defended data surveillance programs. The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence have rejected any and all attempts to reform the programs, and have offered their support to advance legislation to bolster the NSA.

The U.S. intelligence budget for 2013 is $52.6 billion. The Washington Post has reported that “top secret spending” has four main spending categories: data collection, analysis, management, support and data exploitation. Nearly 75% of the entire budget is dedicated to private intelligence contractors.

Northrop Grumman has given $753,101, the second highest amount, and Honeywell has given $714,913, the third highest amount.

via Maplight

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