Senator Rand Paul challenges Obama on NSA Pope spying charge

Posted Nov 2, 2013 by Michael Krebs
In an interview with Fox News' Bill Hemmer, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) proposed a resolution to help keep the NSA in check and demanded an answer from President Obama on the secretive agency's actions.
As the National Security Agency's public relations damage continues to reverberate around the world, and as recent accusations emerged that the NSA may have been tapping Pope Francis' phone, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) spoke with Fox News on Thursday and promised to investigate the NSA's broad spying behaviors further and to demand action from President Obama.
"I introduced a resolution asking the president to come clean," Paul said. "He apparently wasn't aware that we were monitoring the phone calls of the chancellor of Germany. I wonder if he wasn't aware that we may have been monitoring the phone calls of the pope."
The NSA has denied the accusation, and the Vatican said that it has no knowledge of having been spied upon.
"The National Security Agency does not target the Vatican," an NSA spokesperson told the Los Angeles Times, according to the Washington Post. "Assertions that NSA has targeted the Vatican, published in Italy’s Panorama magazine, are not true."
However, Senator Paul reasserted his concerns, saying the NSA "you have to parse their words."
"Do we want to be the country that is spying on the pope," Paul asked. "For goodness sakes. What good is that?"