Sen. Rand Paul says the National Security Agency's bulk collection of data on "innocent Americans" has led federal law enforcement officials to lose sight of real threats -- including the Boston Marathon bombers.
"I think if you're not spending so much time and money collecting the information of innocent Americans, maybe we could've spent more time knowing that one of the Tsarnaev boys, one of the Boston bombers, had gone back to Chechnya," the Kentucky Republican senator said on NBC's "Meet the Press."
"We didn't know that, even though we'd been tipped off by the Russians. We had communicated, we had interviewed him, and still didn't know that."
Paul, who's seeking the GOP presidential nomination, said if he's president he would keep the NSA but target the intelligence agency's operations toward more likely terror suspects.