Graham Uses Boston Terror As Case For Drone Surveillance… And Perhaps Killing
April 19, 2013 by Sam Rolley
American citizen, suspected terrorist and on U.S. soil. It was only a matter of time before the manhunt for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was used as an example for why the homeland is a battlefield and people like Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) are wrong to believe otherwise.
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), it seems, is just the man for the job of telling Americans why they should accept a militarized American surveillance state.
From The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin:
I spoke with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) by phone just a few minutes ago. He said of the Boston bombers: “They were radicalized somewhere, somehow.” Regardless of whether they are international or “homegrown,” he said, “This is Exhibit A of why the homeland is the battlefield.” Recalling Sen. Rand Paul’s filibuster, Graham noted that he took to the Senate floor specifically to object to Rand’s notion that “America is not the battlefield.” Graham said to me, “It’s a battlefield because the terrorists think it is.” Referring to Boston, he observed, “Here is what we’re up against,” and added, “It sure would be nice to have a drone up there [to track the suspect.]” He also slammed the president’s policy of “leading from behind and criminalizing war.
Notice that Rubin uses brackets around the phrase “to track the suspect,” meaning Graham didn’t say that verbatim. Why not leave it up to the readers to draw their own conclusions about why neocons like Graham want drones up there.