As someone who is a Verizon customer, even though I have nothing to hide, I find this utterly appalling and would do regardless of who ever is in power. Those who are actually for less government intrusion in people's lives, left or right, should be deeply troubled by this. The Republican party bills itself as the party of small government and less government intrusion. Senator Graham - a "conservative" senator from one of the reddest states in the Union - is one of the party's big names and is frequently doing interviews with the press. Saying that he is happy that the federal government has the phone records of almost a third of the country is definitely going to tarnish the GOP brand, which is already in dire straits. Given his elation at this massive intrusion of government, Senator Graham can no longer call himself a small-government conservative (not that he could before).