Rand Paul has never been one for niceties. And after details emerged regarding the breadth and depth of the NSA surveillance, he came out swinging.
In an interview with Yahoo News, Paul blasted the Obama administration:
I think it would be remedial education for those who are doing this. They need to go back and read the Constitution, read the Fourth Amendment, and understand that our records are private. You know, some of the court decisions have gone the wrong way. In the 1970s, we started saying, “Well, when you give your records to a third party, the Fourth Amendment doesn’t protect you.” I disagree completely. I disagree with those decisions. I think they were wrongly decided, and I think your records, particularly in a digital age where more of your life now is online, these records are yours and it’s part of your privacy.
Paul plans to re-introduce a bill from May titled “The Fourth Amendment Preservation and Protection Act” in light of recent revelations. The bill would extend Fourth Amendment guarantees against unreasonable searches and seizures to electronic communications.