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Tilting at Windmills

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December 9, 2004
By: Kevin Drum

SPY GAMES....This AP dispatch was buried on page A28 of the LA Times today, but it's still pretty interesting. Apparently there was a costly little pet project hidden inside the recently passed intelligence bill:

In an unusual rebuke, Sen. John D. ''Jay'' Rockefeller IV of West Virginia, the senior Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, said Wednesday that the spy project was "totally unjustified and very, very wasteful and dangerous to the national security." He called the program "stunningly expensive."

....The rare criticisms of a highly secretive project in such a public forum intrigued outside intelligence experts, who said the program was almost certainly a spy satellite system, perhaps with technology to destroy potential attackers. They cited tantalizing hints in Rockefeller's remarks, such as the program's enormous expense and its alleged danger to national security.

Not just useless, but actively dangerous. Not just expensive, but stunningly expensive. Hmmm....

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