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A first: Size of budget for National Intelligence Program revealed

For the first time, the Director of National Intelligence disclosed the budget request for the coming year’s budget. For 2012, the amount requested is $55 billion.

The call for  transparency has had a long history of contentious debate and litigation with the government arguing that revealing the budget could  hurt national security and compromise intelligence methods.

From a commentary in Secrecy News, February 15, 2011, by Steven Aftergood.

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