There have been demonstrations, petitions, and various forms of public protest demanding the National Security Agency (NSA) stop spying on the American people. The question of the program’s constitutionality has been taken to the courts, lawmakers have proposed reform legislation, and President Obama has made half-hearted promises to address the public’s concerns. But, in a Huffington Post article, author and professor Robert E. Prasch suggests that these are not the methods to address the issue. He suggests that the only way to stop the NSA is to hit the agency where it hurts the most: their pockets.
The NSA is a federal government agency and thus, is funded through the federal budget that comes from our tax dollars. The agency’s overall budget is $10.8 billion, a 53% increase in budget from 2004 to 2013. Of this $10.8 billion, $2.5 billion is dedicated to data collection, $1.6 billion to data processing and exploitation, $1.5 billion to data analysis and $5.2 billion to management, facilities, and support.