FDL Book Salon Welcomes William Arkin, Top Secret America: The Rise of the New American Security State

By: Sunday November 6, 2011 1:59 pm

In July 2010, as Washington Post journalists Dana Priest and William Arkin were getting ready to publish the first article in their Top Secret America series, they got an unusual request from the office of the United States’ intelligence director: Please don’t publish a key part of your research.


Gross Inefficiency of FBI’s Guardian Database: Five Arrests from 161,948 Suspicious Activity Files

By: Monday December 20, 2010 1:34 pm

That, as much as the skeptical comments from true experts like Philip Mudd and Charles Allen included in the story, really lays the stark inefficiency of this entire network: Less then .1% of the Suspicious Activity Reports have resulted in any real investigation, and just 5% of those investigations–a teeny fraction of the total–have resulted in any arrest.

So I hope no one actually believes this effort is an effective means to root out terrorism, however that gets defined.

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