Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Tuesday the United States needs to spend more time spying on Russian officials and less collecting U.S. phone records.
Paul asserted the intelligence community’s failure to predict the Russian incursion into Ukraine offers an example of misplaced priorities.
“It appears as though we didn’t have very good intelligence as to what [Russian President Vladimir] Putin was doing,” Paul told The Blaze radio. “I think we need to do a little more spying on the Russians and a lot less spying on Americans.”
Paul has been one of the most vocal critics of the National Security Agency surveillance program that collects metadata on a large swath of Americans. He even filed a lawsuit attempting to stop the program.
Paul said the United States should spend more resources spying on its adversaries.
“We just shouldn’t collect all Americans records, and I think sometimes it distracts us from the things we should do,” he said.
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