19 July 2010

Top Secret America

U novom Wašington Postu je izašao veoma zanimljiv poseban izveštaj Top Secret America, koji se bavi organizacijom i funkcionisanjem američkih obaveštajnih službi. Citat iz teksta:

Every day across the United States, 854,000 civil servants, military personnel and private contractors with top-secret security clearances are scanned into offices protected by electromagnetic locks, retinal cameras and fortified walls that eavesdropping equipment cannot penetrate.

854.000? Mnogo. Ali, ne samo da ih je mnogo, već se sistem veoma, veoma komplikovan. Na primer:

In the Department of Defense, where more than two-thirds of the intelligence programs reside, only a handful of senior officials - called Super Users - have the ability to even know about all the department's activities. But as two of the Super Users indicated in interviews, there is simply no way they can keep up with the nation's most sensitive work.

"I'm not going to live long enough to be briefed on everything" was how one Super User put it. The other recounted that for his initial briefing, he was escorted into a tiny, dark room, seated at a small table and told he couldn't take notes. Program after program began flashing on a screen, he said, until he yelled ''Stop!" in frustration.

"I wasn't remembering any of it," he said.

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