Shhh! Top Secret!

From David Brooks’ column in today’s NYT:

More than 1,200 government agencies and 1,900 private companies work on counterterrorism, homeland security and intelligence programs at around 10,000 sites across the country. An estimated 854,000 people have top-secret security clearance. These analysts produce 50,000 reports a year — a flow of paper so great that many are completely ignored.

Wait. Wait.  “An estimated 854, 000 people have top-secret security clearance?” Almost a million people? Good Lord, who do they turn down?

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