Appearing on the Fox News show "Fox & Friends" this morning, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., defended the National Security Agency (NSA) for gathering millions of phone records from Verizon (video below).
The show's co-hosts were shocked by the practice that they so strongly defended under President George W. Bush.
Co-host Gretchen Carlson started the segment with a concerned tone: "The National Security Agency has been secretly collecting the phone records of millions of everyday Americans."
While the" Fox & Friends" co-hosts have tried to paint a sinister picture of this practice under President Barack Obama, Graham defended the wiretapping just as he did under Bush, noted RawStory.com.
“I’m a Verizon customer,” Graham said. “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. 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. I’m glad the activity is going on, but it is limited to tracking people who are suspected to be terrorists and who they may be talking to."
“Are you sure? That’s what it’s supposed to be, but are you sure they’re still doing that?” said co-host Brian Kilmeade.
“Yes, I’m sure that’s what they’re doing," Graham said. "I’m sure we should be doing this. I think we should be concerned about terrorists trying to infiltrate our country and attack us and trying to coordinate activities from overseas within inside the country.”