Rand Paul: The President Is Going to Keep Violating the 4th Amendment
Ultimately, he viewed the speech as a lot of "rosy rhetoric" about allowing Americans their privacy, but didn't hear anything that would change his mind about the government's massive data collection.
"They're going to continue to collect your phone records, your emails, your text messages and many people think they're collecting your credit card statements too. So that doesn't sound to me like he's really going to change. ... He didn't announce that he's going to do any less collection of our personal records," said Paul.
Among other proposed reforms, Obama announced that the NSA would be limited in this way:
"We will only pursue phone calls that are two steps removed from a number associated with a terrorist organization instead of three."
Paul, however, scoffed at the idea that this is a meaningful win for Americans' privacy.
"For him to say, 'we're gonna keep collecting it, we're just gonna collect less of it,' really means, ya know, I'm going to keep breaking the Fourth Amendment, but I won't break it as much as I used to," said Paul.
Paul emphasized that the NSA should search as far back in the data as they would like, as long as they're targeting a person after getting a warrant.
Watch the full interview above, and sound off below.