NSA bulk data collection not cheap or effective in terrorism fight


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Published on Jan 16, 2014

Spying on the whole world doesn’t come cheap, but the actual figures – as with much else in the field of intelligence – are top secret. Leaked information, however, has revealed that the so-called ‘black budget’ amounted to 52.6 billion dollars for 2013 fiscal year. Out of that pie, over 10 billion went to the NSA – its funding has grown by a staggering 53 percent since 2004. Yet sources say terrorist detection methods only involve NSA surveillance 7.5 percent of the time. RT’s Gayane Chichakyan looks into the agency’s effectiveness.

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