The former congressman, who is the father of Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulZoom, grocery delivery, self-isolation: How lawmakers are surviving coronavirus Rand Paul volunteering at hospital after negative coronavirus test Georgia governor says he didn't know asymptomatic people could spread coronavirus MORE (R-Ky.), argued that the capture of bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was actually evidence that private citizens could effectively respond to terror threats.

"What has been sadly forgotten in all the celebration of the capture of one suspect and the killing of his older brother is that the police state tactics in Boston did absolutely nothing to catch them," Paul said. "While the media crowed that the apprehension of the suspects was a triumph of the new surveillance state — and, predictably, many talking heads and Members of Congress called for even more government cameras pointed at the rest of us — the fact is none of this caught the suspect."

Instead, Paul argues, it was only after the "shelter in place" order was lifted that Tsarnaev was discovered.

“The suspect was not discovered by the paramilitary troops terrorizing the public,” Paul said. “He was discovered by a private citizen, who then placed a call to the police. And he was identified not by government surveillance cameras, but by private citizens who willingly shared their photographs with the police.”

While the elder Paul said that the police response was disproportionate to the threat of the Boston bomber, Rand Paul made headlines last week when he said he would have supported the use of drones in the hunt for the marathon bombers. Paul, who made headlines last month during his nearly 13-hour filibuster on the Senate floor in protest of the White House's drone policy, later issued a statement clarifying that his statement was not a shift.