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Clarification

Regarding recent posts in "Commoner" which says that there are one million spies in the federal government, this does not mean that all the people with top secret security clearances, referred to in the recent Washington Post report by Dana Priest and William Arkin, are federal employees. Most of these people work for companies that contract with the federal government or are independently contractors themselves, also working for the government.  Given the present political climate in America, some astute observers of our police state expect this number to increase dramatically as time goes by; very sad.

[revised on 9/20/10]

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It's In the Washington Post, For Crying Out Loud

Every so often there are hints from people who think that the writing in "Commoner" is a little over the top, like the recent referral to "1 million spies" in the federal government.  Do people pay attention to the news anymore?  The Washington Post is a reputable newspaper that broke the Watergate scandal story in the early 1970's.  They are the ones that recently reported through reporters, Dana Priest and William Arkin, about the big spy network in the federal government (just search "Washington Post," "Dana Priest," and "spies" on Google).  Ok, so "Commoner" rounded up the number of more than three quarters of a million people with top secret security clearances, to one million people, but not even the Post, in all likelihood, knows the exact number.  It's a lot of spies.  Of course, anytime that somebody says that Uncle Sam is doing something outrageous, some people simply do not want to believe that the governme…