‘Wake Up!’ Scarborough, Brzezinski Blast Senators Pleading Ignorance About NSA After Skipping Briefings

On Monday’s Morning Joe, Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough told the Senate to “wake up.” Referencing the outrage over the reports about NSA surveillance and spying, the co-hosts questioned why more senators didn’t show up to a particular briefing — and that they would have known about the programs if they had.

They’re “not exactly bathing themselves in glory,” Scarborough quipped. General sentiment from the Senate about the NSA story was, “This is just the worst thing that’s ever happened, and we haven’t been told about it,” he added.

Brzezinski chimed in to note the criticism about how such programs challenge the constitution and stretch our laws. “They would know,” she asserted. “Because they get briefed on the programs.” They need to “wake up,” she continued — noting a 2:30 p.m. briefing and questioning, “Where was everyone?”

The New York TimesJeremy Peters pushed back against this “overplayed” narrative, adding that many senators were looking to avoid a storm on that particular day. But 47 senators were there. “About the only time you get all 100 senators in place at one time is for a vote and even that takes about an hour,” he said. “I don’t know that this is that big of a deal.”

Scarborough posited that Peters was suffering from Stockholm Syndrome.

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