5 Infuriating Quotes from Politicians About the NSA

With recent revelations of the NSA spying on allied countries, helping itself to Google and Yahoo’s databases and maybe even eavesdropping on the Pope, it seems like the damaging leaks won’t stop coming for the “security” agency. Nevertheless, leave it to some embarrassing U.S. politicians for standing by their flawed spy program with some asinine statements. Here are five quotes from key American figures who prioritize protecting the NSA over the privacy rights and reputation of the country:


1. Representative Mike Rogers, Republican from Michigan

“If the French citizens knew exactly what that was about, they would be applauding and popping champagne corks. It’s a good thing.”

Yeah, France, why not try thanking the NSA for invading your privacy. If it’s the case that France would positively support the NSA’s spying with more information, why does it continue to keep such a lovable program a secret from the French people?


2. General Keith Alexander, head of the NSA

“I think it’s wrong that newspaper reporters have all these documents… and are selling them and giving them out… We ought to come up with a way of stopping it. I don’t know how to do that. That’s more of the courts and policymakers, but, from my perspective, it’s wrong to allow this to go on.”

Talk about passing the buck — the leader of the NSA is claiming that journalists are the problem. His stance is that it’s wrong for reporters to tell the truth about what the government is doing, even though freedom of the press is one of the nation’s founding principles. How dare journalists take private information from the NSA… which is in the business of taking private information from others.
3. Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican from South Carolina

“I’m glad that the NSA is trying to find out what the terrorists are up to overseas and in our country. I’m glad that activity is going on, but it is limited to tracking people who are suspected to be terrorists and who they may be talking to… Yes, I am sure that that’s what they’re doing.”

This summer, Senator Graham urged the public to join him in celebrating the NSA. The fact that he was “sure” the tracking is confined to terrorism suspects is even more interesting now that it’s common knowledge that the NSA’s powers extend way beyond that limited scope. If all Senators had been briefed on NSA activities as we were told, shouldn’t he have been more confident?


4. Representative Peter King, Republican from New York

“The president should stop apologizing, stop being defensive. The reality is the NSA has saved thousand of lives – not just in the United States, but also in France and Germany and throughout Europe.”

King is offended at the notion that Obama would try to placate foreign leaders after they’ve learned we’ve tapped their phone lines and read their emails. There’s no need to apologize for spying on your allies! Realistically, though, if there is any evidence that the NSA has in fact saved thousands of lives here and abroad, why would that information not have been made public by now to smooth over relations?


5. Senator Dianne Feinstein, Democrat from California

“I am not a high-tech techie, but I have been told that is not possible.”

When Edward Snowden reported that he had the ability to wiretap anyone, Feinstein claimed that it couldn’t be done. Feinstein provided Congressional oversight for the NSA, but didn’t actually understand how any of it works. In essence, her role was to merely ask if the NSA was behaving and then relay what she was told. Talk about oversight!

This week, however, even one of the NSA’s most loyal supporters is realizing that that trust might be misplaced. Feinstein, “overseer” of the NSA says she’s shocked to learn that the program has been eavesdropping on the U.S.’s own allies.


Jim Ven
Jim Ven6 months ago

thanks for the article.

Steven Brewer
Steven Brewer3 years ago

Dang I was scrolling and accidently sent david F a green star, probably how he gets 99% of the puny amount of green stars he gets.

Steven Brewer
Steven Brewer3 years ago

David F

You have to be one special kind of stupid SOB to rant in here about "paid for by taxpayers" when multiple posters, including myself, have schooled you multiple times on the Hyde Amendment to Roe vs Wade that was passed in 1977 and which has banned the use of federal funds for performing abortion since then requiring abortion services to keep meticulous financial records documenting where all funds used for abortions came from. What's the matter? Your true believer base of fetus-lover/child-haters dwindling that fast that you have to keep waving that tired old red meat to try to keep their limited gray-matter focused on the lies and not on the facts. You rant and rave trying to keep your control over women's bodies and deny them contraceptives or other forms of birth control but after that fetus is born you piss and moan about why these women keep having babies, you cut 4% billion from the snap program to help feed the least of our society while genuflecting to the money-changers and bird-sellers of our day. Who pays for your viagara your old man???

Karen H.
Karen H.3 years ago

Obviously none of these “highly intelligent” (choke – cough) people has figured out that THEY are probably under heavy surveillance and it’s only a matter of time before somebody blabs some of their secrets.
Whoa, David! Talk about double standards. A woman is told she and her fetus will die if she doesn’t get an abortion and you would deny the abortion, which, in essence, kills both. How pro-life or pro-death is that?

Ken O.
Ken O.3 years ago

Wow David F. You really ARE an asshole. Say moron, do you feed the deer so that they'll be comfortable around you so you can shoot more than 5 or six with your handy semi-auto?

Michael T.
Michael T.3 years ago

@David barks: A little mental stability is all that is required.

I agree David, we had such high hopes for you in this regard. We are hoping one day you prove that you have some.

Michael T.
Michael T.3 years ago

@David boasts proudly: Mary, BoZo, I don’t ask for the little green stars, but received 47 in the last month. Not all agree with your socialist freedom hating opinions.

That’s funny David. I saw Mary’s post and she outdid you in green stars little one. Neither of us ask for them either.

Let me share something with you. Since October 6th I received some 170 green stars. In fact, on the day that you wrote this egregious post beating your chest about how many green stars you can claim, on that very day David, I received 50 green stars.

In one day!

Michael T.
Michael T.3 years ago

@David tries again, and fails, as he claims: liberals are as yourself otherwise known as (Cletus) demonstrate flagrant, outrageous hypocrisy.

The Care2 member named Cletus, I and others whether we are independents, liberals, progressives, or some other name you would try to label us with are providing truth that is supported by non-revisionist websites. And it is most humorous as it is you and your messages that demonstrate the most flagrant outrageous hypocrisy. Rewriting history from a white supremacist point of view is not only not mainstream, it has nothing to do with the truth in all of its manifest distortions.

Michael T.
Michael T.3 years ago

So true Angela, I have been tweeting all of the above folks from Rogers to Feinstein, especially Feinstein at how they have abandoned the American People and the Constitution. Feinstein recently commented negatively abot the Merkel story. Then began crafting new legislation that would make this situation even worse. She is up for reelection and is starting to get some serious blowback from her constituents.

Angela Roquemore
Angela Roquemore3 years ago

Why am I not surprised to see that both parties can be stupid about the NSA?