Journal: Secret Intelligence Costs Taxpayer $75 Billion a Year

Budgets & Funding, Director of National Intelligence et al (IC), Government

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Secretive spending on U.S. intelligence disclosed

By Adam Entous


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Intelligence activities across the U.S. government and military cost a total of $75 billion a year, the nation's top intelligence official said on Tuesday, disclosing an overall number long shrouded in secrecy.

Phi Beta Iota: So much for all those who questioned our long-standing repetitive statement that secret U.S. intelligence is costing the U.S. taxpayer $65 billion a year.  We were deliberately off by $10 billion.  Now that we have established this, perhaps the time has come for both the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the General Accountability Office (GAO) to ask the obvious question: What does the taxpayer get for this vast sum, and how could it be spent better?

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