World Bulletin / News Desk
The two-year investigation by the Washington Post said that the intelligence network in the United States has become so unwieldy and so secretive after the 9 / 11 attacks, however, no one knows its limits or costs.
The report sparked doubts about "efficiency" of the inteligence network which "has growed too much" on the controversial counter-terrorism programs that has been held "Top Secret".
The newspaper’s investigation found that nine years after the attacks on New York and Washington, the bureaucracy has become “so unwieldy and so secretive that no one knows how much money it costs, how many people it employs, how many programmes exist within it or exactly how many agencies do the same work.”
In its first installment of a series of reports, the Post said there are now more than 1,200 government organizations and more than 1,900 private companies working on counterterrorism, homeland security and intelligence in about 10,000 locations across the U.S.
Around 854,000 people - or nearly 1.5 times the number of people who live in Washington - have top-secret security clearance, the paper said.
The Post said its investigation also found that in the area around Washington, 33 building complexes - totaling some 17 million square feet of space - for top-secret intelligence work are under construction or have been built since 9/11.
Many intelligence agencies are doing the same work, wasting money and resources on redundancy.
The DNI position was created in 2004 as part of reforms aimed at streamlining US intelligence efforts after the September 11, 2001 attacks.
The office however has engaged in turf and budget battles with more established bureaucracies like the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA).
According to the investigation, various agencies producing a whopping 50,000 intelligence reports each year, the volume is so large and “many are routinely ignored.”
51 federal and military commands located in 15 US cities are now dedicated to tracking the flow of money to and from suspected Networks.
Among the findings were some 1,271 government organisations and 1,931 private companies working on counter terrorism-related programs.
In the area around Washington, 33 building complexes - totaling some 17 million square feet of space - for top-secret intelligence work are under construction or have been built since 9/11.
Hit back to investigation results
Pentagon spokesman Marine Colonel David Lapan acknowledged problems in the collection and sharing of intelligence.
“We do recognise that there are probably some redundancy and inefficiencies” in the growth of the intelligence agencies since the September 11 attacks, he said.
Hours later, the office of the DNI issued a statement with questions and answers busting what it said were "myths" about the intelligence community.
"Why are there so many organizations doing the same thing, especially in analysis?" read one question.
DNI's answered, saying "What may appear to be unnecessary redundancy in analysis and analytic products is, in many instances, intentional overlap.”