Jay Stamper on Homeland Security
In June, Senator Graham defended NSA surveillance practices, saying they are "limited to tracking people who are suspected to be terrorists."
The NSA has now disclosed that one of its programs illegally intercepted thousands of domestic emails and communications annually for at least three years before informing the FISA court. "Lindsey Graham was aware of NSA privacy violations and deliberately misled South Carolinians," said Stamper. "Accordingly, I call on Senator Graham to apologize to the people of South Carolina."
Graham said back in June: "I'm glad 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."
The Veterans Administration is over-extended and unprepared for this huge influx of veterans. I support increasing funding for and access to veterans' health care and benefits and will demand accountability from the V.A. Nearly 900,000 veterans' claims are stuck in a VA backlog, with some veterans waiting months or even years to see the benefits they are entitled to receive. I will do everything I can to fix the claims system and reduce wait times for pending claims.
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