Times Square Bomb: $12,000

Ackerman leafs through the DOJ indictment of Faisal Shahza:


So for $12,000, the Pakistani Taliban thought it could demonstrate global reach. And it clearly found a contractor in Shahzad. It’s tempting to say, in the wake of the plot’s failure, that the TTP got what it paid for. But the failure is less important than the demonstration that attempts at terrorism plotted halfway around the world are extraordinarily inexpensive, while the tools of counterterrorists war, surveillance, homeland security are stunningly costly.