I just read that in the USA, there are by now 1271 government organizations and 1931 private companies which all are basically intelligence services and secret agencies (source
). And an astonishing 854000 people are holding top-secret security clearances.
These numbers are quite incredible. If you know a bit about history, you also know that the downfall of a lot of states and civilizations began with the rise of their secret organizations. Lets hope we are not witnessing history repeating itself again.