"I think these records include your phone records, I think they include your text messages, your emails -- and, I think, in all likelihood, they're probably collecting your credit card statements as well," the Kentucky Republican said during a C-SPAN "Newsmakers" interview that aired Sunday. "I don't know all of that. Some of these allegations have been made in the media."
Uncertainty notwithstanding, Paul dwelled on the subject of NSA credit card record collection. "Think about your credit card records, and I tell people all the time, think about what people can know about you that might be on your Visa bill," he said, before listing information such as book purchases and psychiatric treatment. "I really think that's personal information, and unless you are specifically named on a warrant, nobody should be looking at that."
The NSA wouldn't be the only federal agency interested in credit card records. "Officials at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau are conducting a massive, NSA-esque data-mining project collecting account information on an estimated 991 million American credit card accounts," the Washington Examiner's Richard Pollock reported in January.