US Intelligence consists of large private sector

If James Bond ever found out Her Majesty’s Secret Service had been outsourced, he would probably die right there on the spot with his pants down.
And that’s how it feels with the current US Intelligence situation. Apparently, while we’ve always contracted out military use things, and your usual pencil and paper, along with building construction, there are more and more things going in the way of the private sector.

On May 14, at an industry conference in Colorado sponsored by the Defense Intelligence Agency, the U.S. government revealed for the first time how much of its classified intelligence budget is spent on private contracts: a whopping 70 percent.

We’re not just talking about your Office Depot type supplies anymore either. We’re talking about the actual intelligence gathering being done by civies. More information and data go through the civilian sector instead of having it go through government. So what’s the issue with this?
In my opinion, this is bad. Really bad. The way I see it, this is a setup to move government money to the private sector (which from a business perspective, makes not difference). But from a oversight perspective, civilian areas are a lot easier to infiltrate, and there is a huge gray area drawn out over the line between what civilians can do and what government should be doing.

More recently, former officers with the Central Intelligence Agency have said the CIA’s workforce is about 60 percent contractors.

From this, you can gather that there is a larger chance of not only government corruption, but a larger chance that that there would be bad individuals out there looking to take a piece of the pie. And we’re just opening the doorway to it and welcoming them right on in.
What’s even scarier about all of this is the fact that little ol’ me has actually heard about what is considered “simple” things, being done by outside contractors that usually the Feds have done in the past. Doesn’t give you a great feeling. On top of it, the whole incidence with the Atlanta man with TB getting on a plane and actually being allowed back in? It doesn’t exactly give you the greatest impression that the intelligence gathering and communications are exactly up-to-par. Which makes me question the private sector some. Either way, besides the dollar signs, it seems to me to be a bad situation from any other angle. Government is supposed to be the enforcer of laws and should stand on a higher ground than this. A great example lies right here in this state of where there is some government “outsourcing”. Everyone legally has to have a car inspection done every year, but everywhere you go, you can see multiple cars that shouldn’t pass based on the window tint law. Yet, no one gets in trouble, and there is no oversight by the DMV that is cracking down on these inspection stations or citizens that run in illegal vehicles. Go figure that one out. Either way you look at it, it’s just not a warm fuzzy.
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