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PENTAGON RELEASES INTEL BUDGET

The Pentagon has revealed what it wants to spend next year on classified intelligence programs. That's "an implicit repudiation of the Director of Central Intelligence," according to Secrecy News. DCI George Tenet has said that "public disclosure of a single aggregate figure for all intelligence-related spending would damage national security and compromise intelligence sources and methods. Even fifty year old budget data remain classified at CIA."The Pentagon figures don't say much-- just that the generals want about $4.1 billion for intelligence R&D and $544 million in procurement funds. "Which is why," Secrecy News says, "there are no grounds for classifying them, let alone a much broader aggregation of all intelligence spending government-wide."

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