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Search Top Secret America's Database of Private Spooks

By Wired

July 20, 2010

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Figuring out exactly who's cashing in on the post-9/11 boom in secret programs just got a whole lot easier.

U.S. spy agencies, the State Department, and the White House had a collective panic attack Friday over a new Washington Post exposé on the intelligence-industrial complex. Reporters Dana Priest and William Arkin let it drop Monday morning.

It includes a searchable database cataloging what an estimated 854,000 employees and legions of contractors are apparently up to. Users can now to see just how much money these government agencies are spending and where those top secret contractors are located.

Check out the Post’s nine-page list of agencies and contractors involved in air and satellite observations, for instance. No wonder it scares the crap out of official Washington: It's bound to provoke all sorts of questions—both from taxpayers wondering where their money goes and from U.S. adversaries looking to penetrate America's spy complex.

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