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Sen. Bill Nelson Talks About Verizon, ISIS

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Quincy Walters

Florida Democratic Senator Bill Nelson spoke to reporters Friday about a variety of topics following the ribbon-cutting of the Florida Center for Cyber Security - among them: Verizon and the terrorist group ISIS. 

Nelson sent letters to the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission calling for the investigation of Verizon.

The request comes in response to allegations that the cellphone provider is using technology called "supercookies" to record and share customers' information with third party advertising companies - without customers' knowledge or consent.

"(Supercookies are tracking) where you go, and what do you buy, and what items do you go on the Internet to see," he said. "All very personally sensitive information that we certainly wouldn't want some third party to know about and we certainly wouldn't want them to use it for commercial exploitation." 

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The senator also talked about the threat of ISIS. Following the immolation death of a Jordanian pilot, Nelson said Congress should authorize a declaration of war against the militant group. 

President Obama has used his executive power with airstrikes, Nelson said, but further efforts will need the full support of Congress

"We're going to be in a long-term war against ISIS until we can stamp out this threat and you see how brutal the threat is," he said. "So what we need is the Congress giving the full weight of legislative authority to the president to conduct that war."

Nelson said the video showing the Jordanian pilot burning to death was "offensive" and "galvanized the entire Arab and Muslim world"--meaning that if the U.S. declared war, Jordan wouldn't be its only Middle Eastern ally.