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WASHINGTON, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Intelligence activities across the U.S. government and military cost a total of $75 billion a year, the nation’s top intelligence official said on Tuesday, disclosing an overall number long shrouded in secrecy.

Dennis Blair, the U.S. director of national intelligence, cited the figure as part of a four-year strategic blueprint for the sprawling, 200,000-person intelligence community.
In an unclassified version of the blueprint released by Blair’s office, intelligence agencies singled out as threats Iran’s nuclear program, North Korea’s “erratic behavior,” and insurgencies fueled by militant groups, though Blair cited gains against al Qaeda.

Blair also cited challenges from China’s military modernization and natural resource-driven diplomacy, as well as from efforts by Russia to reassert its power.

“I think for the first time we have a good understanding of the world that we’re in,” Blair said.
Officials said the $75 billion total figure cited by Blair incorporated spending by the nation’s 16 intelligence agencies, as well as the amounts spent by the Pentagon on military intelligence activities.

The United States has taken some steps in recent years to open the books on some of its secretive intelligence spending activities.

It has disclosed the amount spent by the 16 intelligence agencies — $47.5 billion in 2008 alone — but those figures did not incorporate the military’s intelligence activities, officials said.
Blair, in a conference call with reporters, explained that his four-year strategy was not set up on the “traditional fault line … between military intelligence and national intelligence.”

“This whole distinction between military and non-military intelligence is no longer relevant,” Blair said.

Spending for most intelligence programs is described in classified annexes to intelligence and national defense authorization and appropriations legislation. Members of Congress have access to these annexes but must make special arrangements to read them. (Editing by Eric Beech)

SUMMER READING
BTC – As the events of the Summer have spun into overdrive with the PASS Act, I have hit the reset button for my expository work on the Top 10 Domestic Surveillance Agencies and what it costs you. Fret not; thankfully Ed Encho, of OpEd News will supply his amazing improvised jamming in his multiplying series on MAIN Corps, PROMIS and other Continuity of Government hits like “Shadow Government”.  

Without further ado, Ed Encho’s series:
US Government Spy Program: Main Core, PROMIS & The Shadow Government
Per government intrusion, I think it would be more interesting if they spied on Pamela Anderson.  Hey, if the government is going to use their powers for evil, they might as well do it with an exhibitionist that looks better naked than we do.  At least, if records were released we know that Pamela can sue the sh*t out of them for stealing licensed material. Go PAMMY!!

Created under Bush, program criticized for transgressing civil liberties

c/o MSNBC.com

WASHINGTON – A government official says Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano plans to kill a controversial program begun by the former Bush administration to use U.S. spy satellites for domestic security and law enforcement missions.

The program was announced in 2007 and was to have been run by Homeland Security. It has been delayed because of privacy and civil liberty problems.

The official said crucial lawmakers who have objected to the program, known as the National Applications Office, will be notified about the decision Tuesday.

Domestic agencies such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Interior Department have had access to the satellite imagery for years and will continue to, but not through the Homeland Security Department.