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60,000-Strong: America’s Sprawling, Corporate Backed, Spy Army

Some 60,000 individuals belong to a comparatively huge undercover US army, “working under masked identities and in low profile,” according to an exclusive Newsweek report.

“The largest undercover force the world has ever known is the one created by the Pentagon over the past decade,” says the Newsweek report.

This “broad program” is a “significant reduction” effort, which is an attempt by so-called security agencies to minimize their footprint in the realm of surveillance.

Newsweek says it engaged in a two-year investigation of “over 600 resumes and 1,000 job postings, dozens of Freedom of Information Act requests, and scores of interviews with participants and defense decision-makers,” in order to put together a more comprehensive picture of this secret army.

“The force, more than ten times the size of the clandestine elements of the CIA, carries out domestic and foreign assignments, both in military uniforms and under civilian cover, in real life and online, sometimes hiding in private businesses and consultancies, some of them household name companies.