'Founding Fathers Didn't Like Idea of General Warrants': Paul Reacts to NSA Critics
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) filibustered for nearly 11 hours on the Senate floor last week against the proposed renewal of the Patriot Act. He has since been attacked by everyone from the White House, to fellow Republicans like Gov. Chris Christie who believe he is endangering the public.
On "The Kelly File" tonight, Paul reacted to the critics who accuse him of overstating his case against the Patriot Act.
"By connecting the dots of your phone records, they can determine your religion 85 percent of the time, who your physician is most of the time, what medicines you have," Paul stated referencing the NSA. "They can even tell when you go to the doctor, by inference, maybe what kind of procedures you're having at your doctor's office."
Megyn Kelly asked Paul how this is possible, citing a report from The Wall Street Journal that said "the NSA is collecting records of at most 20 percent of U.S. calls."
"The interesting thing is two Stanford students put apps voluntarily on phones for 500 people and just looked at their metadata," Paul replied. "But then they tried to deduce through other means, from just the phone records, and they could tell most of the time what your religion was, who your doctor was, what doctor you were going to see..."
Kelly fired back at the 2016 Republican presidential candidate stating that the program does not work that way. She said that the "NSA doesn't even know you exist, they just have phone numbers and only look further into that phone number if a terrorist calls the number."
"But our founding fathers didn't like the idea of general warrants - warrants that didn't have a specific name on them, that were not individualized, that didn't have any suggestion of suspicion and that weren't signed by an independent judge," Paul stated. "That's what the Fourth Amendment is about."
Paul also stated that he thinks the NSA's spying program makes America less safe.
Watch the full unedited interview in the clip above.
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