'Top Secret America' Expose Highlights Extensive Network Of Private Intelligence Contractors

07/20/2010 12:55 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Dana Priest & William A. Arkin The Washington Post

To ensure that the country's most sensitive duties are carried out only by people loyal above all to the nation's interest, federal rules say contractors may not perform what are called "inherently government functions." But they do, all the time and in every intelligence and counterterrorism agency, according to a two-year investigation by The Washington Post.

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