Ryan's comments come less than a week after two secret data collection programs were revealed to the public. One of the programs, run by the NSA, involves collecting data on calls of millions of telephone users.
"It comes across as creepy," Paul said according to Wisconsin Radio Network. "I understand FISA court orders to go after some known person, and their phone records and whoever they’re communicating with. But to do a blanket dragnet nationwide, that seems to go way beyond the scope of the law that I’m familiar with called the Patriot Act."
President Obama has defended the program saying that lawmakers had been briefed on it and it is necessary to national security.
On Tuesday a group of eight senators introduced legislation that would make the Attorney General declassify legal arguments that allow the program to operate nude the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.