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Sen. Graham on Attacks: U.S. Journalists Should Be Concerned

Says They are Soft Targets, Copycat Attacks Likely
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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Wednesday he thought the terrorist attack on a French satirical magazine was at least inspired by ISIS, if not a case of "command and control," and suggested it should put journalists in this country on alert.

"People in your business need to be concerned," he told a CNN reporter. "You are soft targets."

Asked if that was based on intelligence--Graham is a member of the Armed Services Committee--he said it was based on "common sense."

On Wednesday, 12 staffers at Charlie Hebdo, a Parisian-based publication known for challenging Muslin terrorists, were shot and killed by masked gunmen.

Graham suggested the U.S. should raise the terror threat warning level in this country. He argued copycats are likely, saying there are probably people already here who want to do the same thing.  The gunmen in the French attack were still at large at press time, according to reports, though a “massive manhunt” was underway.

But Graham also used that suggested threat to argue against Obama Administration sequester-related defense budget cuts.