Yesterday Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) wasn’t so sure that bloggers have 1st amendment rights. Today he’d like you to know that the NSA grabbing Verizon phone records isn’t a big deal. After all, if you’re not talking to terrorists, what’s the big deal?
Sen. Lindsey Graham said he doesn’t care about the federal government collecting his Verizon phone records because he’s not “talking to terrorists.”
Instead, the South Carolina Republican said Thursday he’s “glad” the National Security Agency is “trying to find out what terrorists are up to overseas and throughout the country.” He confirmed that he was aware of the activity prior to Wednesday’s bombshell report in the Guardian newspaper.
“I’m a Verizon customer, I don’t mind Verizon turning over records to the government if the government’s going to make sure that they try to match up a known terrorist phone with somebody in the United States,” Graham said on Fox News.
Fox host Steve Doocy said he’s also a Verizon customer and therefore has been tracked by the NSA.
“I don’t think you’re talking to terrorists, I know you’re not, I know I’m not, so we don’t have anything to worry about,” Graham said. “I’m glad the activity’s going on but it is limited to tracking people who are suspected to be terrorists and who they may be talking to.”
I think we should get to listen to Lindsey Graham’s phone calls too. And read his emails. And his bank statements.
I mean, if he’s not committing any crimes, what’s the big deal?