Well, if we use the Department of Transportation’s high-end rate for allowable expenditures — $3 million per life — then $10 billion should save 3,333 lives. Has PRISM provided such a service?
The answer is no....Harvard researchers termed inefficiency of this sort “statistical murder,” since if the funds had been used in a more cost-effective manner, many thousands of additional lives might have been saved.
The expenditure of vast sums of money does not necessarily lead to good outcomes. But that is what Congress typically tries to assert as truth.