US Intelligence In Private Hands

Billions a year spent on private intel contracts—but where's the money going?
By Ben Worthen,  Newser User
Posted May 31, 2007 8:00 AM CDT
US Representative Rick Renzi (R), under federal investigation for using his Appropriations Committee position to funnel defense contracts to his father's company   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Since 9/11, the US government has been upping spending on private intelligence contractors, doling out cash that is often classified and impossible to trace, Salon reports. 70% of all classified intelligence spending goes into private hands, making waste and corruption serious concerns.

Some lawmakers want the intelligence community to increase transparency: Bills in the House and the Senate would publicize the intelligence budget, reveal the recipients of billions of dollars that are currently veiled in secrecy; and, some hope, encourage the government to reconsider the outsourcing of American security. (Read more intelligence stories.)