It seems like South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham only likes domestic spying if you are being spied on — not his staff.
Upon learning about the CIA’s snooping on Senate computers, Graham growled: “This is Richard Nixon stuff.”
Graham told reporters. “This is dangerous to the democracy. Heads should roll, people should go to jail if it’s true. If it is, the legislative branch should declare war on the CIA.”
Yes, this is the same Senator who said he was “glad” that the government was collecting cellular phone data from companies like Verizon.
“I’m a Verizon customer. I don’t mind Verizon turning over records to the government if the government is going to make sure that they try to match up a known terrorist phone with somebody in the United States. I don’t think you’re talking to the terrorists. I know you’re not. I know I’m not. So we don’t have anything to worry about,” Graham said on Fox & Friends.
“We are very much under threat,” he said. “Radical Islam is on the rise throughout the region. Homegrown terrorism is one of my biggest concerns. It is happening in our own backyard.”
So domestic spying is OK as long as the spying is not on Graham’s computer or staff.
Some of Graham’s challengers responded to his assertion below on Twitter:
This takes hypocrisy to a whole new level. Sen. Lindsey Graham needs to be as strong defending our rights as he… http://t.co/Ffe6inOTnD
— Nancy Mace (@nancymace) March 12, 2014
— Lee Bright (@leebright) March 12, 2014