Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. published an editorial in the Guardian Friday, praising Obama for promoting privacy issues and civil liberties as a senator.

Quoting Obama from 2006 and 2007, Paul reminds readers that Obama once took the lead on these privacy issues in the Senate.

“Senator Obama was right,” Paul explains. “Had I been in the Senate, I would’ve voted with him. I’ve even filibustered myself over civil liberties issues I believe are important.”

Paul indicated that recent reports of the National Security Agency’s widespread monitoring of phone and internet activity was proof that Obama no longer made civil liberty protections a priority.

“I can remember well a Senator Obama who joined the Democratic chorus against the warrantless wiretapping of the Bush administration,” he writes. “Now, that chorus has gone mute.”

Read the full op-ed at the Guardian.