- By Thomas E. RicksThomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The latest estimate I’ve seen of the cost of the NSA surveillance program in terms of lost business to U.S. companies is at least $22 billion. "The economic consequences of national security decisions should be part of the debate, and this cannot happen until more details about PRISM have been revealed," the study notes.
This is what happens when secret policemen make far-reaching decisions in secret and then say the justifications for their acts must remain secret. And yes, I blame Congress too.