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Rand Paul: Obama NSA reforms just same old 'unconstitutional program with a new configuration'

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Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., responded to President Obama's speech on the National Security Agency ‘s bulk collection program by saying the reforms are just “the same unconstitutional program with a new configuration.”

Paul’s not wrong. Obama said Friday he would end the NSA’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone records, but would still allow the government to have access to those records at any time.

But Paul did indicate he was “encouraged” that Obama offered any reforms based on public and congressional pressure, though he was “disappointed in the details.”

Paul also said he intended to continue fighting this issue in Congress, saying Americans should not trust the federal government to oversee itself.

Paul’s full statement:

"While I am encouraged the president is addressing the NSA spying program because of pressure from Congress and the American people, I am disappointed in the details. The Fourth Amendment requires an individualized warrant based on probable cause before the government can search phone records and emails. President Obama's announced solution to the NSA spying controversy is the same unconstitutional program with a new configuration.

"I intend to continue the fight to restore Americans rights through my Fourth Amendment Restoration Act and my legal challenge against the NSA. The American people should not expect the fox to guard the hen house."

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