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Rand Paul made a surprisingly helpful quiz about NSA spying

Can the NSA spy on you? Take a guess.


Eric Geller


Posted on May 28, 2015   Updated on May 28, 2021, 5:46 pm CDT

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) wants people to know about the sweeping powers that the National Security Agency possesses. In an effort to get young people to pay attention to the NSA—and, a cynic might argue, to his campaign—Paul’s staff whipped up a short quiz.

Each of the five questions deals with a different type of surveillance authority: browsing history, phone-number tracking, rooftop communications interception posts, video-game chat-room monitoring, and physical electronics interception and modification. 

Hint: Each question asks whether the NSA has the relevant authority, and each answer, predictably, is “Yes.”

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*First Published: May 28, 2015, 2:28 pm CDT