NSA domestic spying programs

Rand Paul: Don’t Trust a Lying Government

Senator Rand Paul, Time

The USA Freedom Act, which the Senate approved Tuesday, still threatens the constitutional rights of Americans. Apologists for collecting all the phone records of all Americans all of the time now belatedly say they are OK with ending the bulk collection program. They want you to know that your records are not really protected by the Fourth Amendment. They are only doing you a favor by granting you this reform.

5 things to know about the NSA court ruling and the future of domestic surveillance

AP

A federal appeals court has declared illegal the National Security Agency program that collects data on the landline calling records of nearly every American. The ruling Thursday, the first of its kind by an appeals court, comes as Congress considers whether to continue, end or overhaul the program before June 1, when the legal provisions authorizing it expire. Here are five things to know about the court ruling, the program, and the congressional debate about where to go from here.

Rand Paul Grills DHS Secretary on Surveillance

Andrew Desiderio, Mediaite

Paul, a 2016 presidential candidate, asked Johnson if he believes the Fourth Amendment “applies to third party records,” specifically those of telephone companies. Johnson said that question is “beyond my competence as secretary of homeland security” to answer intelligently. “Here’s the problem, though, your agency is in charge of cooperating and being part of this,” Paul said. “And that’s the whole debate we have in our country is over whether we should do this.”

RPaul v. Feinstein on NSA Spy Limits

Steve Contorno, Washington Examiner

Feinstein's NSA spy program-limiting bill isn't enough. A bipartisan group led by Sens. Paul and Wyden want to further curb spying on lawful citizens with a bill that would prohibit the bulk collection of phone records.

Paul May Challenge NSA in SCOTUS

Justin Sink, The Hill

"I think the constitutionality of these programs needs to be questioned, and there needs to be a Supreme Court decision that looks at whether what they are doing is constitutional or not," Rand Paul said.