Rand Paul Says he Will Filibuster an Attempt to Reauthorize Government Surveillance
WASHINGTON, May 11 (UPI) — Rand Paul has stated he will filibuster any attempt to reauthorize the Patriot Act as it currently exists.
Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which the NSA uses to justify massive domestic surveillance, is set to expire on June 1. Congress can reauthorize the section to continue warrantless surveillance, but both Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Paul have now said they won’t allow it.
Paul, who is a Republican presidential candidate, has repeatedly said he doesn’t agree with the United States engaging in surveillance on its own citizens.
“I’m going to lead the charge in the next couple of weeks as the Patriot Act comes forward,” he told the New Hampshire Union Leader on Monday. “We will be filibustering. We will be trying to stop it. We are not going to let them run over us. And we are going to demand amendments and we are going to make sure the American people know that some of us at least are opposed to unlawful searches.”
Paul’s campaign website even sells a device to block a computer’s camera when it’s not in use so it can’t be used for spying.