Lindsey Graham Defends His Rights, Forgets to Defend Yours

It has been a frustrating week for those of us who have been constantly sounding the alarm on the unconstitutionality of the NSA spying programs ever since Edward Snowden first released information regarding the data collection programs.

After Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) voiced concerns over reports regarding the Central Intelligence Agency’s access to committee staffers’ computers, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told reporters that, if it’s true the CIA used surveillance techniques to spy on Congress, “heads should roll, people should go to jail.”

According to Graham, one of the leading proponents of the NSA’s spying programs that happen to gather data on millions of telephone and internet users in America and abroad, “the legislative branch should declare war on the CIA” if the accusations prove to be true.

He also used his on air time to claim that CIA’s supposed surveillance method and their use of it against Congress “is Richard Nixon stuff,” and also “dangerous to the democracy.” While Graham may believe that what is bad if done against Congress is quite all right if done against common Americans, most of us beg to differ, considering that the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution keeps government in check by barring the use of general warrants and protecting the individual’s right to privacy.

Nancy Mace, one of Graham’s primary opponents, says this proves to be a new low for the unpopular SC senator. According to one of her Facebook posts, “Sen. Lindsey Graham needs to be as strong defending our rights as he is about defending his rights.”

I happen to believe she nailed it.


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