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A hidden world, growing beyond control

The top-secret world the government created in response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, has become so large, so unwieldy and so secretive that no one knows how much money it costs, how many people it employs, how many programs exist within it or exactly how many agencies do the same work.

Frontline: Top Secret America

Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Dana Priest traces the journey from 9/11 to the Marathon bombings and investigates the secret history of the 12-year battle against terrorism. First published Sept 6th, 2011.

Just days before John Kennedy took office in 1961, President Dwight Eisenhower famously warned about the dangers of its growing “military-industrial complex.” At that time, neither leader could have foreseen how prophetic those words would become.

Project Censored invites you to tune in on Friday, November 22, to a very special four-hour series of the Project Censored Show on Pacifica Radio, as co-hosts Peter Phillips and Mickey Huff pull back the veil of official-narrative history regarding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy 50 years later. The series takes a hard look at what the facts of that fateful day suggest– that Lee Harvey Oswald was not a lone gunman, and likely did not kill JFK. With in-depth interviews featuring cutting-edge researchers, Phillips and Huff hope to raise awareness of the flaws in the Warren Commission Report, to highlight the known facts of the JFK assassination, and to amplify the call for government accountability (for example, to win release of the many still-secret documents about the assassination, especially those involving the CIA).

For the better part of a decade, a San Francisco Bay Area drug ring sold tons of cocaine to the Crips and Bloods street gangs of Los Angeles and funneled millions in drug profits to a Latin American guerrilla army run by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, a Mercury News investigation has found. This drug network opened the first pipeline between Colombia's cocaine cartels and the black neighborhoods of Los Angeles, a city now known as the crack capital of the world.

Defense Department and CIA interrogation policies after 9/11 forced medical professionals to abandon their ethical obligations to "do no harm" to those in their care and some prohibited practices, including force-feeding of hunger strikers, continue today, a report issued Monday alleges.

1. Lee Oswald was given a nitrate test after his arrest, and it proved that he had not fired a rifle that day.

It would make a good front page Washington Post story to learn a bit about the more than a half of a billion dollars that the CIA is going to pay Amazon to develop a spook computer cloud.  (For those who don't follow computer technology, "clouds" are the next stage in digital data storage.)

US spending on intelligence has doubled since 9/11, with the National Security Agency and the CIA taking the biggest share, according to the top secret budget leaked by the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

Governments have always used fear and manipulation of emotion to get the public to support wars. The Bush administration did it in 2002 in Iraq and it is happening again in Obama's push for war in Syria.