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How cash secretly rules surveillance policy

Have you noticed anything missing in the political discourse about the National Security Administration's unprecedented mass surveillance? There's certainly been a robust - and welcome - discussion about the balance between security and liberty, and there's at least been some conversation about the intelligence community's potential criminality and constitutional violations.

Thanks to what I've previously called the No Money Rule, however, there has only been indirect references to how cash undoubtedly tilts the debate against those who challenge the national security state.

Those indirect references have come in the form of stories about the business model of Booz Allen Hamilton, the security contractor which employed Edward Snowden.

CNN/Money notes that 99 percent of the firm's multi-billion-dollar annual revenues now come from the federal government. Those revenues are part of a larger and growing economic sector within the Military-Industrial Complex - a sector that, according to author Tim Shorrock, is "a $56 billion-a-year industry."

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