This June 28, 2013 photo shows the outside of a Verizon switching station in downtown Washington. In the era of intense government surveillance and secret court orders, a murky multimil

 

              This June 28, 2013 photo shows the outside of a Verizon switching station in downtown Washington. In the era of intense government surveillance and secret court orders, a murky multimil
This June 28, 2013 photo shows the outside of a Verizon switching station in downtown Washington. In the era of intense government surveillance and secret court orders, a murky multimillion-dollar market has emerged. Paid for by U.S. tax dollars, but with little public scrutiny, surveillance fees charged in secret by technology and phone companies can vary wildly. Verizon, which had the highest fees but says it doesn’t charge in every case, reported a similar amount, collecting between $3 million and $5 million a year between 2007 and 2011. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)