Rand Paul Kept Out of Obama Meet on Surveillance

by REID J. EPSTEIN | Politico  |  published on August 2, 2013

As NSA leaker Edward Snowden finally left Moscow’s airport, President Barack Obama met Thursday afternoon with nine members of Congress to discuss American surveillance efforts.

Obama hosted what the White House called “some of the programs’ most prominent critics and defenders,” though it did not include Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), perhaps the most prominent critic of the National Security Agency.

“Today’s meeting was constructive and the President committed that he and his team would continue to work closely with the Congress on these matters in the weeks and months ahead,” the White House said.

The NSA defenders in the session included Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), the ranking members of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Feinstein and Chambliss, along with Reps. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.), the ranking members of the House Intelligence Committee, released a statement deeming the session productive.

  • Rand Paul frightens Obama, because he as informed, intelligent and quick-witted as Obama is uninformed, unintelligent, and very slow on the comeback unless it is all scripted for him.