National Security Inc.
Ed Stein, «EdSteinInk.com»
O artigo de Dana Priest e William M. Arkin no Washington Post sobre o gigantesco edifício de serviços de informação que a administração Bush construiu após o 11 de Setembro provocou e está a provocar ampla discussão na América e no ocidente. Hoje, mais de 1200 agência governamentais e 1900 companhias privadas têm a função de obter as informações necessárias à manutenção da segurança nos EUA. O artigo do Post demonstra que além de não se saber ao exacto quem e quantos são, o dinheiro que gastam, a informação continua a não ser partilhada entre os milhares de gabinetes existentes já que é praticamente impossível a comunicação neste vasto mar de burocracia:
In June, a stone carver from Manassas chiseled another perfect star into a marble wall at CIA headquarters, one of 22 for agency workers killed in the global war initiated by the 2001 terrorist attacks.
The intent of the memorial is to publicly honor the courage of those who died in the line of duty, but it also conceals a deeper story about government in the post-9/11 era: Eight of the 22 were not CIA officers at all. They were private contractors.
To ensure that the country’s most sensitive duties are carried out only by people loyal above all to the nation’s interest, federal rules say contractors may not perform what are called “inherently government functions.” But they do, all the time and in every intelligence and counterterrorism agency, according to a two-year investigation by The Washington Post.
What started as a temporary fix in response to the terrorist attacks has turned into a dependency that calls into question whether the federal workforce includes too many people obligated to shareholders rather than the public interest — and whether the government is still in control of its most sensitive activities. In interviews last week, both Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and CIA Director Leon Panetta said they agreed with such concerns. […]