Top Secret America

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-09-11
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

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After 9/11, the United States government embarked on an unprecedented effort to protect America. The result has been calamitous: after ten years of unparalleled spending and growth, the result is that a system put in place to keep America safe may in fact be putting us in even greater danger-but we don't know because it's all Top Secret. In TOP SECRET AMERICA, award-winning journalists Dana Priest and William M. Arkin lift the curtain on this clandestine universe. From the companies and agencies keeping track of American citizens and the military commanders building America's first "top secret city" to a hidden army within the U.S. military more secret than the CIA, this new national security octopus has become a self-sustaining "Fourth Branch" of government. A tour de force of investigative journalism, TOP SECRET AMERICA presents a fascinating and disturbing account of government run amok and a war on terrorism gone wrong in a post-9/11.

Author Biography

Dana Priest is an investigative reporter for the Washington Post and has received two Pulitzer Prizes. She is the author of The Mission: Waging War and Keeping Peace with America's Military and lives in Washington, D.C. William M. Arkin is a military expert and author. He lives in Vermont.

Table of Contents

Glossary of Terms and Acronymsp. xi
Introduction: A Perpetual State of Yellowp. xix
Top Secret Americap. 3
All You Need to Knowp. 12
So Help Me Godp. 36
An Alternative Geographyp. 56
Supersize.govp. 79
One Nation, One Mapp. 104
"Report Suspicious Activity"p. 128
007sp. 156
The Business Cardp. 176
Managing the Battlefield from a Suburban Sanctuaryp. 202
Dark Matterp. 221
Conclusion: Beyond the Fear of 9/11p. 256
Acknowledgmentsp. 279
Notes on the Database and Written Source Materialp. 283
Extended Endnotesp. 287
Indexp. 317
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