President Barack Obama should end the broad surveillance of telephone calls and Internet usage, said Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.
"It bothers me, and I think it bothers you and every other American," Manchin said in an interview on "Political Capital with Al Hunt," which aired this weekend on Bloomberg Television. "It should be stopped as far as the broad base that they're doing. If there's a profile and targeting that goes on, then fine."
Manchin, 65, also indicated that Attorney General Eric Holder, who has been criticized for targeting news organizations, among other issues, should consider resigning.
"Whenever you feel that you have lost your effectiveness or may be losing your effectiveness to the detriment of the job that you do," he said about Holder, "you have to evaluate that and make a decision. And I think we're at the time now where decisions have to be made."
The Obama administration and congressional allies have defended the collection of phone data from Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) on all its customers' calls and the gathering of data on foreign nationals from Internet companies.
"I'm wanting to do everything I can to fight the war on terror," Manchin said. "There will not be another day in my life, my children or grandchildren's life they won't have to be vigilant against terrorists wanting to do us harm. But do you give up everything as an American?"
Manchin said he agreed with the recommendations of the commission set up to investigate the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to establish a White House Office of Civil Liberties that would be consulted on these kinds of issues. Neither Obama nor his predecessor, George W. Bush, followed through.
"Somebody better be looking at what are my liberties, what are my rights, what are my freedoms," Manchin said. "What did my founding fathers intend for me to have as an American?"
Manchin said he hadn't decided how he would vote on the bipartisan immigration bill now before the Senate. He said he was still concerned about the border-security provisions and suggested they needed to be strengthened before he could support the legislation.
"I have to make sure that when I go back home to West Virginia, I can look people in the eye and say, 'Listen, we have secured the borders,'" he said.