Are You An American Spy? (You Are Probably An American Spy!)
Great news for unemployed Americans: Many of us are probably Top Secret Intelligence Agents, for the Government. Don't worry if you're not really doing much -- nobody else is, either. And nobody knows that everybody else is an Intel Asset, or if they know, they don't knowwho, exactly, is an Intel Asset. Relax! Submit a report now and then, "to your supervisor." Have you heard about something funny going on, maybe via Twitter or whatever? Good enough for the CIA or FBI or Military Intelligence (ha) or Universal Exports or The Politico.
We didn't read the long-ass Washington Post article by Dana Priest, because who reads these things? We did, however, get the same press release from the newspaper that was sent to the cable news producers, which is why this excerpt will sound very familiar if you had Morning Joe or Random CNN Anchor Program playing on the teevee this morning:
* Some 1,271 government organizations and 1,931 private companies work on Top Secret programs related to counter-terrorism, homeland security, and intelligence at over 10,000 locations across the country. Over 850,000 Americans have Top Secret clearances.
* Redundancy and overlap are major problems and a symptom of the ongoing lack of coordination between agencies.
* In the Washington area alone, 33 building complexes for Top Secret work are under construction or have been built since September 2001.
That sounds like a lot of stuff! Anyway, the Post went all out with an iMovie introduction they made and an URL somebody bought from GoDaddy or whatever. [Washington Post]