Christie, Paul, and the NSA

"A study by the New America Foundation, a centrist Washington think tank, agreed: "Surveillance of American phone metadata has had no discernible impact on preventing acts of terrorism." Marshall Erwin, a former Senate Republican staffer who is now a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, has testified, "There does not appear to be a case in which Section 215 bulk phone records played an important role in stopping a terrorist attack." "