Senator Rand Paul criticized claims that the government needs to ramp up surveillance following the attacks in Paris, calling the idea “bulls—t.”
Paul’s comments came following calls from many of his 2016 presidential competitors to expand the NSA’s surveillance program, The Hill reports.
“So when they stand up on television and say the tragedy in Paris means you have to give up your liberty, we need more phone surveillance — bull----!" he expressed during a campaign event at George Washington University.
Paul, a libertarian-leaning Republican senator from Kentucky, has been a vocal critic of the NSA’s surveillance program and phone metadata collection.
He noted in his speech that the agency’s data collection practices are still ongoing, as there is currently a six-month window to wind the program down.