COST OF SPYING
1997: $26.6 billion was the aggregate amount
1998: $26.7 billion,an increase of $100 million.
2005: $44 billion, included the budget for the military services.
2007: $50 billion, which includes both
- U.S. intelligence spending for the year cost more than $40 billion
- Military intel spending for the year are separate at $10 billion
U.S. intelligence spending includes the budgets of the
- Defense Intelligence Agency,
- FBI's intelligence programs,
- State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research
- Defense Department intelligence collection agencies.
The latter group includes the following and they compose a major part of the $40 billion-plus national intelligence budget.
- National Security Agency, which intercepts electronic communications;
- National Reconnaissance Office, which builds and manages intelligence satellites
- National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, which does image collection.
Steven Aftergood, director of the Project on Government Secrecy at the Federation of American Scientists, ... "We sued the CIA four times for this kind of information and lost. You can't get it through legal channels."
"There is no single declassification action that would signal the end to obsolete classification practices as clearly and powerfully as declassification of the total annual intelligence budget."