Kentucky Sen. [crscore]Rand Paul[/crscore] said he is “appalled” the National Security Agency spied on members of Congress while attempting to surveil Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other close U.S allies.
Appearing on Fox News’s “Fox & Friends” on Wednesday, Paul called for “more targeted surveillance” as well as “more controls over the NSA and more controls on our intelligence agencies.”
Responding to The Wall Street Journal article which said that the NSA’s eavesdropping of Israeli officials also gathered the conversations with U.S. lawmakers and American-Jewish groups, Paul argued, “I’m appalled by it and this is exactly why we need more NSA reform.”
“The debate in Washington right now is unfortunately been going the other way since the San Bernardino shooting. Everybody’s saying ‘Oh, we need more surveillance of Americans.’ In reality what we need is more targeted surveillance,” Paul suggested.
“I’m not against surveillance. But I am against indiscriminate surveillance,” argued Paul. And also this is not unusual… that when we listen in on foreigners’ conversations when they’re talking to Americans, that we’re scooping up tens of thousands of conversations of Americans.”
“This is a real problem because it’s a real invasion of our privacy,” Paul said. “But you can see how we stifle speech if you’re going to eavesdrop on congressmen, and that it might stifle what they say or who they communicate with, and this is a big, big problem, and it’s not a new one. But we absolutely need more controls on the NSA and more controls on our intelligence agencies.”