A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from August 29, 2013
Black Budget

Entry in progress—B.P.

Wikipedia: Black budget
A black budget is a budget that is secretly collected from the overall income of a nation, a corporation, a society of any form, a national department, and so on. A black budget usually covers expenses related to military research. The budget is kept secret for national security reasons.
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The United States Department of Defense has a black budget it uses to fund black projects—expenditures it does not want to disclose publicly. The annual cost of the United States Department of Defense black budget was estimated at $32 billion in 2008 but was increased to an estimated $50 billion in 2009.

,a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/01/science/01patc.html?8dpc&_r=0">New York (NY) Times
Inside the Black Budget
By WILLIAM J. BROAD
Published: April 1, 2008
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It is, according to a new book, part of the hidden reality behind the Pentagon’s classified, or “black,” budget that delivers billions of dollars to stealthy armies of high-tech warriors. The book offers a glimpse of this dark world through a revealing lens — patches — the kind worn on military uniforms.

Wired
Pentagon’s Black Budget Grows to More Than $50 Billion (Updated)
By Noah Shachtman
05.07.09 7:39 PM
The Pentagon wants to spend just over $50 billion on classified programs next year, newly-released Defense Department budget documents reveal. “That’s the largest-ever sum,” according to Aviation Week’s Bill Sweetman, a longtime black-budget seer — a three percent increase over last year’s total.

It makes the Pentagon’s secret operations, including the intelligence budgets nested inside, “roughly equal in magnitude to the entire defense budgets of the UK, France or Japan,” Sweetman adds. All in all, about seven and a half percent of the Defense Department’s total spending is now classified.

Business Insider
Top Secret US Intelligence ‘Black Budget’ Published For First Time After Being Leaked By Snowden
Michael Kelley Aug. 29, 2013, 1:38 PM
The Washington Post has published the U.S. intelligence community’s top-secret “black budget” after obtaining it from former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.

“This kind of material, even on a historical basis, has simply not been available,” Steven Aftergood, an expert at the Federation of American Scientists, a Washington, D.C., organization that provides analyses of national security issues, told The Post.

The budget of $52.6 billion — which not include funding for intelligence gathering by the military — is located in the summary of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s multivolume FY 2013 Congressional Budget Justification.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityGovernment/Law/Politics/Military • Thursday, August 29, 2013 • Permalink