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Thanks, NSA! I guess the U.S. economy didn’t need that $22 billion in business

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 ...

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JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images
JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images

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.

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.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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