Intelligence officials have spent months figuring out just how many contractors work for intelligence agencies, including the FBI, CIA, National Security Agency and others, according to The New York Times.
Apparently, there’s some concern about how reliant the intelligence agencies have become on private contractors. The Times article noted that the intelligence agencies have increased their use of contractors during the Bush administration’s tenure.
But the question remains: How many contractors do work for intelligence agencies?
We don’t know. The government won’t tell us, because the number of contractors is classified.
Apparently, knowing the number of contractors – not government employees, mind you – will somehow give the bad guys a leg up.
“It reveals how confused the government is about what is really sensitive and what is not,” said Steven Aftergood of the Project on Government Secrecy at the Federation of American Scientists. “What would Osama bin Laden do with the fraction of intelligence workers who are contractors? Absolutely nothing.”