Appearing on Fox News Thursday, U.S. Sen. defended the National Security Agency’s reported collection of millions of Americans’ phone calls, saying his major concern is heading off terrorism.
“I’m a Verizon customer,” Graham said. “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.”
Graham said, to his knowledge, the surveillance was limited to terrorism. “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 to talking to.” Critics of the action argue the government is overstepping its bounds, while proponents argue that the surveillance is legal under the Patriot Act.
When questioned whether the report of millions of phone calls being collected was true, Graham responded, “I’m sure we should be doing this.”