“I feel I have an obligation to do everything I can to keep this country safe. So put that in your pipe and smoke it.”  

—Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), defending the National Security Agency’s secret mass surveillance, The New York Times, July 2

“The legislation concerning beefed-up border security removes any validity to the argument that border security is not sufficient. I mean, this is not only sufficient; it is well over sufficient. We’ll be the most militarized border since the fall of the Berlin Wall.”  

—Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on a proposed amendment to immigration legislation doubling the size of the U.S. Border Patrol, CNN, June 25

“Some of you expressed surprise that I showed up. So many emails to read!”  

—Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, joking to a black-tie crowd at a dinner in his honor following revelations about the National Security Agency’s email surveillance, The Washington Post, June 11