The federal government spent more than $11 billion to protect its secrets last year, double the cost of classification a decade ago — and that is only the part it will reveal. The total does not include the costs incurred by the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency and other spy agencies, whose spending is — you guessed it — classified…

John P. Fitzpatrick, head of the Information Security Oversight Office, which oversees the government’s classification effort and released the annual report, said that adding the excluded agencies would increase the spending total by “less than 20 percent.” That suggests that the real total may be about $13 billion, more than the entire annual budget of the Environmental Protection Agency…

The costs include investigations of people applying for security clearances, equipment like safes and special computer gear, training for government personnel, and salaries for officials who review documents for classification and declassification…

Steven Aftergood, who directs the Project on Government Secrecy for the Federation of American Scientists, said the classification of the amounts spent by the intelligence agencies on classification, for example, was unnecessary…“To me it illustrates the most important problem — namely that we are classifying far too much information,” he said. “The credibility of the classification system is collapsing under the weight of bogus secrets.”

The overarching concern seems to be keeping the level of embarrassment manageable.

  1. JimD, Boston, MA says:

    I’d say something, but it would be “classified” and then I’d have to kill you !!!

  2. LibertyLover says:

    Wow! $13B! That’s like, 0.34% of the total budget.

    It’s all about context.

  3. Ah_Yea says:

    The most transparent administration in history.

    • McCullough says:

      I feel like I could see through this guy from the beginning.
      It’s why I just couldn’t pull the lever….

    • Dallas says:

      Manning and wikileak supporters are not allowed to bitch July 3-4th in observation of patriotism and national security.

  4. deowll says:

    Considering the size of the some of the buildings built to watch all electronic communications they most likely have duplicate copies of everything you do that goes through an electronic device. Of course that was only part of it. I most likely don’t know about more than a tiny fraction of it.

    • I'm ugly and my mother dresses me funny says:

      Meanwhile the latency of the internet gets worse and worse. Bandwidth seems mostly ok, it’s just latency that’s affected. Sort of like it’s going through too many switches.

  5. Sheila says:

    then what they spend is classified ….. thats the good part

  6. NewformatSux says:

    Obama has aggressively gone after those who leak security info contrary to the wishes of the government. Big improvement over George Bush in that area.

  7. Glenn E. says:

    $10+ Billion dollars buys a lot of lockable filing cabinets and folders stamped “Secret”. Oh and the “Secret” rubber stamps too. The ink pads they just have for all uses. You’d think keeping things secret would by like low salt food. Just don’t publish the secret stuff, to the general public. Leave it out. Why do you need to spend more, to talk about something less. Is this what they call “hush money”?

    If so, then they must be paying people more than usual, just to keep them comfortable enough, that they don’t run off to the Russians or Chinese, to sell the secrets. And yetl, you can bet someone still is. Just not a many government employees. Part of the cost is probably also making fake information. Back in the 1940s, one of the mistakes the US made was to classify all the nuclear physics that could be used to make atomic weapons. But not regular physics papers and journals. So the Russians used a process of elimination, to figure out what the US was up to. So I suspect a lot of bogus information is created now, to obscure what the real secret plans are. And probably using FOX and CNN to do the leaking.

  8. Anonymous says:

    This is almost too funny.

    It seems that our secret spy agencies have grown too lazy or stupid to continue charging $500 per toilet seat or a thousand dollars for every gallon of gas our U.S. armed forces use.

    Now that the CIA, FBI, etc. are getting their funding almost exclusively from Congress (and generally not hiding behind fronts like the Army or Navy) I can start to see what real unimaginative idiots some of these guys are. I’d almost laugh if it weren’t for the fact that these very same guys have powers exceeding the Constitution!

  9. President Amabo (I see the comment system is still designed for retards.) says:

    If it doesn’t reduce urban sprawl of the number of 4x4s on the roads, who cares? Quality of lie is what matters and those are the primary measures.

    Now, being the 4th, I offer a happy birthday to the greatest and most important nation that ever existed!

  10. NewformatSux says:

    Is one of those secrets why Obama has been using a fraudulent Social Security number for 35 years? Was his grandpa CIA or something?

  11. The0ne says:

    I like the title 😀

  12. MartinJJ says:

    All the three letter agencies spending billions of your taxdollars and you have no clue what they are doing. A great way to end up with a totally corrupt government.

    Oh well, soon everyone will be totally broke and you will have a global government ruling the police state also. Just go watch some more fake news on tv. This is not something you should hurt your tiny brain on.


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