Rand Paul to Filibuster

By Jackson Richman

On Thursday, with the House reauthorizing the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act, set to expire on Jan. 19, the legislation now moves to the Senate where Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), known for his outspoken stance on the Fourth Amendment, announced he will filibuster the bill, despite its support from the administration.

“No American should have their right to privacy taken away! #FILIBUSTER,” Paul posted on Twitter.

Section 702 of the act allows the intelligence community to oversee foreign communications. However, those who oppose the program claim it enables warrantless collection of private information from Americans.

On Wednesday, Paul said on Fox News, “I think about when we talk about the Bill of Rights, an integral part of our Constitution, it is worth filibustering.”

He continued, “It is worth trying to say ‘You know what? We will have to obey the Bill of Rights. Americans need these protections.”

On CNN on Thursday, Paul continued his warning. “My worry is that they also collect information on millions of Americans, and I don’t want that database to be searched without a warrant,” he said.

He added, “I will filibuster and do whatever to stop that.”

This upcoming move would not be the first time the senator has filibustered a surveillance-related measure. In 2015, Paul spoke on the Senate floor for 10 hours and 30 minutes against the National Security Agency surveillance programs under the Patriot Act.

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