Re: Top Secret America
- From: Jack Linthicum <jacklinthicum@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 22 Jul 2010 14:00:24 -0700 (PDT)
On Jul 22, 4:47 pm, "scott s." <75270_37...@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
Jack Linthicum <jacklinthi...@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote innews:b0e4cfd0-be2a-4dd3-a927-ee55dcf5edae@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx:
On Jul 19, 7:33 am, Jack Linthicum <jacklinthi...@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
One of those larger than life newspaper investigations of the huge
buildup of national security since 911. Includes an "article index"
and maps of the headquarters and "work places" of most of the
agencies under discussion.
Top Secret America
A note on this project
"Top Secret America" is a project nearly two years in the making
that describes the huge national security buildup in the United
States after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
When it comes to national security, all too often no expense is
spared and few questions are asked - with the result an enterprise
so massive that nobody in government has a full understanding of
it. It is, as Dana Priest and William M. Arkin have found,
ubiquitous, often inefficient and mostly invisible to the people it
is meant to protect and who fund it.
The articles in this series and an online database at
topsecretamerica.com depict the scope and complexity of the
government's national security program through interactive maps and
other graphics. Every data point on the Web site is substantiated
by at least two public records.
Because of the nature of this project, we allowed government
officials to see the Web site several months ago and asked them to
tell us of any specific concerns. They offered none at that time.
As the project evolved, we shared the Web site's revised
capabilities. Again, we asked for specific concerns. One government
body objected to certain data points on the site and explained why;
we removed those items. Another agency objected that the entire Web
site could pose a national security risk but declined to offer
We made other public safety judgments about how much information to
show on the Web site. For instance, we used the addresses of
company headquarters buildings, information which, in most cases,
is available on companies' own Web sites, but we limited the degree
to which readers can use the zoom function on maps to pinpoint
those or other locations.
Our maps show the headquarters buildings of the largest government
agencies involved in top-secret work. A user can also see the
cities and towns where the government conducts top-secret work in
the United States, but not the specific locations, companies or
Within a responsible framework, our objective is to provide as much
information as possible, so readers gain a real, granular
understanding of the scale and breadth of the top-secret world we
We look forward to your feedback and can be reached at
I found the "map" to be a bit underwhelming. I mean, intel is being
done at/around Ft Meade? I'm shocked.
How about Medford, OR?
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