Paul takes credit for changes in NSA metadata

Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulHouse bill set to reignite debate on warrantless surveillance Authorizing military force is necessary, but insufficient GOP feuds with outside group over analysis of tax framework MORE (R-Ky.) said he takes some credit for President Obama’s decision to end the National Security Agency’s metadata collection program.

In an interview after Obama announced the change on Tuesday, Paul was asked on “Fox and Friends" if it would make him happy for phone companies, not the government, to retain the metadata.

“Well, you know, I don't want to take all the credit for ending this, but I think our lawsuit had something to do with bringing the president to the table,” Paul said.

In February, Paul filed a lawsuit against Obama and the leaders of U.S. intelligence agencies, charging that the bulk collection program is unconstitutional.
Under the proposal, phone companies wouldn’t be required to keep records beyond 18 months. Intelligence officials would then have to obtain a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to search the records.

If the administration executes the change, Paul said the program would, in his opinion, be constitutional.

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