Apparently some terrorist groups, especially after Nidal Hasan, have similar confidence in the vetting process.I don't buy the budget cut argument. The DOD allocates the money to the services and they determine how they're going to spend it. We all know there a lot of weapons systems and other things that each branch of the service continues to buy and maintain that are no longer necessary. I think the money is there. I think much of the problem is allocation.
As I mentioned in the post above, so much is classified unnecessarily these days. As long as Washington continues to advocate the war on terror and the war on drugs we're going to continue to have an issue with this. National paranoia is the major problem. NSA and US intelligence agencies are larger than they have ever been and they are insatiable. They collect information in a greater degree than we have ever seen and more than we know. Now we have Homeland Security. TSA is in every airport, every port, in the United States so they can play with your balls and look at your wife naked through body scanners. The greater the militarization of America the greater national paranoia and the greater the perceived need to classify everything. Over 90 Federal agencies have armed police units including the Library of Congress! Every little piss ant town America has a police department with SWAT teams, and God knows, all kinds of military armament equipment. These police departments all want the secret information from the feds. They want to be clued in to every possible piece of secret information that they can get from any federal agency. Hell, Texas even has armed police for the state agency that licenses dentists. Texas dental cops. LOL!
In the militarized state that is the United States of America today everybody wants to have everything classified and everybody wants to have access to the classification that everybody else has. To even hope to access that information, employees have to be vetted at some level so that any given agency can justify their ability to be secure and their need to know. it is insane. There is no way the FBI or other vetting entities can keep up with it all.
All this insanity and more represent budget increases over the last decade.
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