Washington Spends $80 Billion a Year on Intelligence Agencies Alone

How is this remotely normal?

CIA in Laos, 1970 — the dope-trafficking Vietnam era

Today I learned the US in a normal year has a “spying budget” of $80 billion (Trump wants to bump it up to 86). That’s insane, there is no way good intelligence should cost any more than a couple of billion at the very most. (The only aspect that is money-intensive are satellites.)

I for one didn’t know the figures are that inflated. Goes to show that after 15 years of Empire-watching I’m still not cynical enough. It’s almost impossible to comprehend just how vast the modern US national-security-military state has become and how warped the imperial capital is to consider this completely normal:

With everyone still reeling at the announcement of the $750 billion proposed military budget for 2020, a huge increase, the Trump Administration is now offering a proposed spying budget that is similarly looking for a substantial increase over the previous year.

The proposal stands at $86 billion, and is a six percent increase over the previous year. As with the military proposal, it rests heavily on the administration playing up the threat posed by Russia and China.

This budget includes $62.8 billion for general national intelligence programs, and another $23 billion that would go into the military’s highly secretive “black budget” for military intelligence activities.

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OldTimerSteve
OldTimerSteve
7 months ago

Not only that, the are planning to cut social programs to fund it:
https://www.usip.org/publications/2018/11/providing-common-defense

Hue Smith
Hue Smith
7 months ago

As long as there is paper and electricity to run the presses the zionists will have more than enough money! Just keep working your three jobs and paying your taxes and everything will be OK!

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