Sunday, June 15, 2008

Actual waste

National is always going on about "government waste", and now Nicky Hager has finally found a real example: a number of government departments are paying Thompson and Clark Investigations $1,000 a month for "intelligence" consisting of

unreferenced material from the internet and rough summaries of open sources, interspersed with sarcastic comments about the community groups.
A thousand a month for that? Couldn't they just read Kiwiblog for free?

(And OTOH, given that we spend $100 million a year on a Security Intelligence Service which produces similar garbage, is it really a surprise?)