Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul on Thursday responded to the revelation that the National Security Agency has been secretly obtaining phone records of Verizon customers by calling it ‘an astounding assault on the Constitution.”
“After revelations that the Internal Revenue Service targeted political dissidents and the Department of Justice seized reporters’ phone records, it would appear that this Administration has now sunk to a new low,” the libertarian-leaning Republican said.
A court order leaked to the Guardian revealed the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court is allowing the FBI to obtain “all call detail records or telephony metadata” from Verizon.
“The Bill of Rights was designed to protect us from evil, too, particularly that which always correlates with concentrated government power, and particularly Executive power,” Paul said. “If the President and Congress would obey the Fourth Amendment we all swore to uphold, this new shocking revelation that the government is now spying on citizens’ phone data en masse would never have happened.”