William M. Arkin on National and Homeland Security

I found this interesting piece on the Washington Post’s blog:

The Government’s FAQ on WMD and NBC Terrorism

One of my favorite government reports, an alphabet soup of acronyms, organizations and bullet points that barely pass for English, was released this week. One can only decipher it by reading between the lines with a bureaucratic magnifying glass.

And what does it say? The “Report on Activities and Programs for Countering Proliferation and NBC Terrorism” (see what I mean about the acronyms? NBC stands for nuclear, biological and chemical) shows mostly how the government R&D establishment and the nuclear priesthood use the nuclear threat to get more money.
The United States will spend more than $20 billion this year on research and development to “combat” weapons of mass destruction and prevent “NBC terrorism,” a program that the report calls the highest priority national security objective. That $20 billion doesn’t include a similar amount the U.S. will spend on the nuclear arsenal and the weapons laboratory and production complex.
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