Butler Shaffer (in 2007)

Over many decades, the American government has spent – and continues to spend – tens of billions of dollars in so-called ‘intelligence agencies,’ whose functions are to gather as much information as possible on the forces at work within foreign countries – and, disturbingly, within America itself. Despite the virtually unrestrained powers enjoyed by such agencies, and the resources put at their disposal to gather information, they have been able to predict almost nothing of major significance.