Monday, February 9, 2015

Rethinking Intelligence: The U.S. Intelligence Community is Bigger Than Ever, But is It Worth It?

This week, Michael German and Ben Friedman discuss the soaring costs of national security and how excessive government secrecy undermines public debate and the creation of effective national security policies.

“Secrecy undoes the checks and balances that are the wisdom of our Constitutional government,” said Ben Friedman, research fellow in defense and homeland security studies at the Cato Institute. “If you have no debate about [national security policy], you’re not going to have meaningful oversight. [The public] can’t really do their jobs to oppose policies if they can’t make noise about it in public, that’s the basic logic of democratic politics.”

“The U.S. spends more than $1 trillion on national security annually, more than any other nation in the world,” said Michael German, Fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice. “Yet despite this enormous investment, there is not enough evidence to show the public that these programs are keeping Americans any safer – especially in the intelligence community.”

Watch the interviews here.

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