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Fri January 17, 2014
The Commonwealth

Kentucky U.S. Senator Rand Paul Still Concerned About NSA

Credit npr.org

Kentucky’s junior U.S. Senator says President Obama isn’t going far enough with changing the country’s data collection policy. Bowling Green Republican Rand Paul believes the privacy of American citizens will continue to be violated despite today’s speech by the President.

“Well, to me it kinda sounded like, you know, if you like your privacy, you can keep it, except for the fact that he’s going to still continue to collect your phone records, your emails, your texts, and probably your credit card records. So, while on the surface it sounded like he is concerned with our privacy, I didn’t really hear any policy changes that he’s going to quit collecting all of our records,” said Paul.

President Obama said today that he will require intelligence agencies to receive permission from a secret court before tapping into vast amounts of phone data, and will eventually move that information out of the hands of the government. Senator Paul says he will continue to push legislation that would change the way data could be collected by the National Security Agency. Paul believes citizens should be able to challenge the government in an open court if federal agencies request an individual’s records from a phone company.