Rand Paul: Obama Basically Said 'If You Like Your Privacy, You Can Keep It'

'Who are we going to hire, Edward Snowden's contractor, to hold all the information?'

Rand Paul: Obama Basically Said ‘If You Like Your Privacy, You Can Keep It’ (Mediaite)

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) sharply criticized President Barack Obama’s speech on Friday in which he outlined some reforms to the National Security Agency’s bulk domestic metadata collection practices. Paul told CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer that the president essentially told the public, “If you like your privacy, you can keep it.”

“What I think I heard was that, ‘If you like your privacy, you can keep it,’ but in the meantime we’re going to keep collecting your phone records, your emails, your text messages, and likely your credit card information,” Paul told Blitzer. “So, I didn’t hear any lessening of the spying on Americans or collection records of Americans. I heard that ‘Trust me, I’m going to put some more safeguards in place, but I’m going to keep right on collecting every Americans’ records.”

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