Thursday night on “The Colbert Report,” host Stephen Colbert delved into revelations that the National Security Agency has been routinely spying on everyday Americans, conducting wholesale data-mining operations by prying into the private communications of users of Apple iChat, Facebook, Verizon phones and other means of communication.
The Fox News crowd has, predictably, decried the surveillance, in spite of the fact that seven years ago, they were defending the Bush administration for doing the same thing.
“Yes, the National Security Agency is spying on our phone calls,” said Colbert. “And unlike during the Bush administration, this time it’s the Obama administration.”
This presents a rock-ribbed conservative like Colbert with something of a quandary.
“On the one hand this proves that Obama is a tyrannical despot who ignores all the rules,” said Colbert. “On the other hand, I kind of like tyrannical despots who ignore all the rules. It shows spunk.”
He then played video of Sen. Lindsay Graham saying in an interview, “I’m a Verizon customer, 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’s 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.”
“Yeah,” agreed Colbert. “If you don’t have anything to hide, people should be able to look at anything you’ve got. That’s why I am calling on Senator Lindsay Graham to stop wearing pants. So we can finally, finally lay to rest the disturbing — and I’m sure, unfounded — rumors that he is a middle-aged lesbian.”
Watch the video, embedded via Comedy Central, below: