The National Security Agency’s
activities are classified. And so is its annual budget.
As a result,
it’s impossible to say exactly how much money the NSA is given to conduct its
surveillance efforts – which Americans learned this week has recently included
collecting phone call data and monitoring online activities
Gordon Adams, a
former White House budget official for national security, said he wouldn’t be
surprised if NSA’s resources are “well north” of $20 billion a year.
“It is all
classified, so real numbers are impossible to obtain,” said Adams, now a
fellow at the Stimson Center.
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