Sen. Rand Paul spoke out against the bulk data collection employed by the National Security Agency on Wednesday.
“Are you really willing to give up your liberty for a little security?” Paul asked from the Senate floor.Paul began his filibuster at approximately 1:18 p.m. and spoke for more than ten hours. He was joined by 10 other Senators at various times throughout the day.
The NSA claims it has the authority to collect information on innocent Americans under Section 215 of the Patriot Act.
I see no reason why you can’t have security and the constitution at the same time. We cannot let our fear win.
— Dr. Rand Paul (@RandPaul) May 20, 2015
C-SPAN 2 is broadcasting Paul’s filibuster live.
Last week a federal court ruled that the NSA’s spying programs are unlawful, but nothing has changed.
The House of Representatives recently passed the USA Freedom Act, which claims to reform the NSA’s spying programs under the assumption that the Patriot Act is reauthorized. However, prominent advocates of civil liberties like Rep. Justin Amash say the Freedom Act has been watered down to the point that it does nothing to stop the NSA spying on innocent Americans.
CIA spy Edward Snowden was the first to reveal to the public that the American government is collecting millions of Americans’ phone data and even social media photos.
Paul previously filibustered in 2013 for over 13 consecutive hours on the question of whether the Obama administration believed it could lawfully kill a US citizen on American soil via drone warfare without due process.