This is more of a PSA than an actual post, because I'm doing approximately none of the legwork for this, but it's too important to let pass by. I suspect many of you will already have heard of, if not read, this piece. Dana Priest (and others) at the Washington Post have finally gone live with the results of a two-year investigation into the covert, counterterrorism, and national security state of America after 9/11. What they found is now online (the first part of it) at Top Secret America
on the Washington Post.
I’m curious to hear what people think, and I'll start the ball rolling: one of the figures presented very early is the startling (to me, anyway) one that 854,000 people - approximately - have "Top Secret" security clearance. Our population is around 320,000,000. That means somewhere around one in every 4 people has such a clearance. With that kind of ubiquity, wouldn't it stand to reason that the probability of someone with ill intentions towards the United States getting through the screening process has approached - if not already hit - one?