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house Bill H.R. 5077

The Top Secret Intelligence Budget for FY2017

Argument in favor

The intelligence community plays an integral role in ensuring the security of Americans and needs funding to do its job — even if the public can’t know how all of it will be spent.

Jackson's Opinion
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05/24/2016
While I'd certainly like the CIA and its ilk to be more transparent to the public, I understand why they cannot be.
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KoltinT's Opinion
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05/24/2016
The powers that be need their funding in order to operate. In uncertain and violent times, we need them working at full force. While transparency would be nice, there needs to be a certain amount of secrecy surrounding intelligence departments in order to maximize effectiveness.
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Ross.Bravo's Opinion
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05/24/2016
It is understandable why the lack of transparency might be an issue but In this case it is a much needed cost.
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Argument opposed

Intelligence agencies should provide at least a general outline of how they’re spending taxpayer dollars on classified programs for the sake of transparency.

operaman's Opinion
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05/23/2016
Pig in a poke. Been doing it for decades. Security for non-transparency? Sometimes I feel that only we taxpayers are the ones prevented from knowing what the major government's already knows. Cynical? Maybe.
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Austin's Opinion
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05/24/2016
We're the one's paying for this thing. It's we the people, not we the government. You don't have to disclose weapon secretes, just say what you're putting the money towards.
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Kim's Opinion
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05/24/2016
I think we should have an idea. If there is no accountability as to how our money is being spent it can lead to very dangerous waters.
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    While I'd certainly like the CIA and its ilk to be more transparent to the public, I understand why they cannot be.
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    Pig in a poke. Been doing it for decades. Security for non-transparency? Sometimes I feel that only we taxpayers are the ones prevented from knowing what the major government's already knows. Cynical? Maybe.
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    We're the one's paying for this thing. It's we the people, not we the government. You don't have to disclose weapon secretes, just say what you're putting the money towards.
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    I think we should have an idea. If there is no accountability as to how our money is being spent it can lead to very dangerous waters.
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    The powers that be need their funding in order to operate. In uncertain and violent times, we need them working at full force. While transparency would be nice, there needs to be a certain amount of secrecy surrounding intelligence departments in order to maximize effectiveness.
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    It is understandable why the lack of transparency might be an issue but In this case it is a much needed cost.
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    Intelligence agencies should provide at least a general outline of how they’re spending taxpayer dollars on classified programs for the sake of transparency.
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    General spending outline for the public.
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    I would love to believe that oversight would be enough to combat the extreme inefficiency in intelligence spending. Unfortunately, the leaked budgets from previous years have shown that this is simply not the case. The way we use intelligence money is ineffective at best, and there is little accountability. We cannot continue to throw exorbitant amounts of money at something that has yielded so little return. I would assume that a budget made by the same type of people under the same secrecy would produce very similar results to those we have seen already.
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    Trying to trim the budget but not being transparent about where funding is increasing? Cuts must be made, and here is where to start.
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    Any secret budgeting should be seen as treason. Transparency or bust
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    This smacks of huge government slush fund. Transparency, without sacrificing national security, is only reasonable.
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    Nearly all of the declassified documents that have been released to the public to date have revealed the the government has lied to the American public "for our own good". Members of Congress have the "need to know" classified information, as well as access to such information as elected officials. They should be provided a summary of each line item with a proposed amount to be allocated. This cloak and dagger program has proven to be more than suspect in the past and it is only growing more suspect.
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    Hopefully the whistleblower and constitutional requirements will actually be met
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    We deserve to know how much of our money is really being spent on these agencies.
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    No matter how top secret a project is, taxpayers have a right to know how their money is spent. There are cases where transparency isn't that important to most citizens: when it's complicated and doesn't concern them. It's easy to determine that most bills fall into that category, but I think that's mistaken. Given how large our defense budget is, it's important we have transparent budget to ensure citizens at least have a chance to determine whether or not their money is being used wisely.
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    Top secret intelligence is our first line of defense and does so while keeping most of our own personnel out of harms way. Intelligence will continue to be in high demand while we fight a non conventional enemy.
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    Every government agency should have a budget and a plan. If your plan and budget isn't up to par, why should you get more just because you feel your office is more important than any other government agency. No on this bill.
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    They can't responsibly spend the funds that are transparent! They continue to tell us that everything is in the name of "security" and "freedom" despite the fact we continue to lose our freedoms and our foreign policy actions are making it more dangerous for Americans worldwide
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    WE need more information available to the public, but we also need the job done.
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