Newt Gingrich appeared on Sean Hannity’s show Thursday night and asked not whether the NSA’s gathering of Americans’ phone data was right or legal, but effective.
“When you gather all this data, you don’t know what you are looking for,” Gingrich said. “With all this information, why couldn’t they figure out there were two Chechens that had bombs in Boston? Why couldn’t they figure out that there was a Pakistani who was creating a car bomb in Times Square?”
“The fact that they relentlessly refuse to profile, and be accurate, and focus on people likely to kill us—and so instead they gather mounds of data about everybody—actually I think weakens our ability to find out the people who are the most dangerous,” Gingrich said.
“It seems like if you hired millions of people you wouldn’t be able to sift through all that, would you?” Hannity asked.
“They do it all by computer and code word and looking for specific things,” Gingrich said, before adding, “What is it they are missing when they have all this information on innocent people and can’t figure out who the guilty are?”
Watch the whole exchange here:
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