Senator Rand Paul to Filibuster "Long-Term" Surveillance Extension

A program that allows gov't to collect data without a warrant expires this year. Paul opposes a "long-term" extension.

Senator Rand Paul is taking a partial stand against warrantless searches.

The House Rules Committee on Tuesday released a draft bill that would reauthorize the program. Privacy-minded lawmakers have already criticized the bill as doing little to reform 702.

“This bill is an eleventh-hour attempt to sneak an unchecked warrantless surveillance program through Congress,” Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) said in a statement Wednesday morning.

“The legislation posted late yesterday is a clear step backward for Americans’ rights. It does nothing to check the warrantless backdoor searches of Americans’ communications,” Wyden added. “The bill also fails to codify the current prohibition on ‘abouts’ collection, in which communications entirely among innocent Americans can be swept up if they reference a target’s email address.”

There have been rumblings on Capitol Hill that lawmakers could try to include language in must-pass spending legislation to extend the controversial program. On Tuesday, Paul and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) said they would oppose any spending bill that included a permanent reauthorization of the provision, according to the Washington Examiner.

Dear Senator Paul, I have a question:

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

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bubblelife
bubblelife

Dear Senator Paul, I have a question:....What's the question or am I missing something?

radlerjr
radlerjr

Agree! Rand has been a huge disappointment

stillCJ
stillCJ

Editor

Pity that there are so few congresscritters that have their heads screwed on straight, like Rand Paul.

RonJ
RonJ

William Binney said we have a turnkey totalitarian government. How far has the key been turned already? Who will turn it all the way? It didn't take long for the fraudulently named Patriot Act to pass after 9/11. All they need is another hysteria, to turn the key all the way.

MorrisWR
MorrisWR

I have received Randpac emails on this and read on the website, which said no extension without reform. It did not indicate the long term language of the tweet. Paul wants no extension without reform of the program. As Stuki said, at least Paul is bringing this up as most Congress people are happy to pass an extension that is worse than before. If any person in Congress is against illegal spying on Americans it is Paul.