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The takeover of the US by the Security-Corporate Complex is documented by main stream press. It is worse than I thought.

According to Dana Priest and William M. Arkin of The Washington Post, "Some 1,271 government organizations and 1,931 private companies work on programs related to counterterrorism, homeland security and intelligence in about 10,000 locations across the United States. ... An estimated 854,000 people, nearly 1.5 times as many people as live in Washington, D.C., hold top-secret security clearances. ... In Washington and the surrounding area, 33 building complexes for top-secret intelligence work are under construction or have been built since September 2001. Together they occupy the equivalent of almost three Pentagons or 22 U.S. Capitol buildings -- about 17 million square feet of space."
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..and when there is not enough work for all of them, they will start inventing work.
Just think if that money were used for something constructive...
Too bad a couple of them weren't working to enforce fertilizer manufacturing rules in Texas.
So, a population of 310,000,000 people employs 854,000 with TS security clearances - or .275% of the population. Less than 3/10s of 1 percent.

You do realize that the adversary does want to kill Americans, right? Lots and lots of Americans.
Sure, they want to, Don. However, there are a lot of things that actually DO kill Americans that we do very little about. In fact, we deliberately do very little about them because of money or inconvenience or political views.
In the end, if you get killed the motive for your death is kind of a secondary issue. You're dead, regardless.
Let's get those nearly 1 million folks working on preventing the killing of 40,000 Americans every years by automobile drivers. Instead of the 10 or less who died because of "terrorism."
oh come on people, it is good for economy </sarcasm>
+Kevin Kelly What does protecting America have to do with America's rate of accidental automobile fatalities? They're not being 'killed' in the sense of being attacked by humans bent on our destruction.

And I guess you're recommending that we ignore that insignificant number of Americans killed by our enemies, since protective efforts are proving to be such an expensive inconvenience.

(I do notice that you have a propensity for prescribing national policy initiatives in line with your personal activity preferences. Perhaps people, given the choice, would rather drive their cars and trucks, rather than ride bicycles and electric trams? And maybe they're not quite lucky enough to work from home and are forced to commute?)
All this security, yet the Chinese hack us 24/7 and a guy checking his boat finds a terrorist?
+Don McArthur >>what does 'protecting America' have to do with letting terrorists terrorize us? Perhaps the point would be that we choose to not move heaven and earth to 'protect ourselves' against things that can't be totally protected against (a modicum is appropriate, sure) ... if you be scared enough to change the fundamentals of your constitutional outlook (see 6th grade civics), you are in league w/the terrorists. 

Those who would exploit fear - war profiteer off fear are _way more dangerous to US than a pressure cooker wielding wanna be whatever.
The security apparatus in the US is not protecting America. That is a myth they have successful produced in order to buy more equipment and take away liberties. The only actual terrorists (vs pretend ones created by sting operations) prevented before hand have been stopped by ordinary citizens and ordinary cops.
BTW, it is important to remember that terrorist acts are statistical accidents. In fact far more people in the US die from deliberate automobile deaths than from terrorist acts. On the scale of all injury and loss of life in the US, terrorism is no different than accidental. The only difference is that it freaks people out so badly they act irrationally. That is why it is called terrorism. This crazy 1 million-person army we set up in response to a few events means the terrorists won! It has cost us far more than the damage they made, and that cost is not just the money but the loss of civil liberties. The only antidote to it is to REFUSE TO BE TERRORIZED. Treat it like any other accident.
This is an old series of articles but still interesting. Their book had more information 
+Kevin Kelly You've just made the perfect argument against increased gun control efforts to stop insane male spree killers. Since I am pro-R2KBA, I thank you. :-)
Ah, ad hominem attack. I'll stop bothering you, and allow the hagiography to continue unabated.
+Don McArthur umm....sooooo....I'll take your lack of response as agreement that fear mongers and war profiteers should not be tolerated. Any chance you've seen any indicator that pockets are being lined in a bi-partisan fashion?
Wrong response to 911 from the beginning. Still not corrected with Obama in office. America needs a real leader.  Mike Gravel could have been that leader. The irony is that he is too much for Americans to take or even recognize.  
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