Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) has vowed to kill any bills aiming to extend the Patriotic Act provisions that are set to expire on Sunday at 8:00 PM EST.
Senator Paul took to social media:
Tomorrow I will force the expiration of the NSA’s illegal spying program. I will not allow any bill extending illegal…
“Rand Paul has the future of the Patriot Act in the palm of his hand.” reported The Hill
On Saturday morning, he pledged to take no prisoners.
“Tomorrow, I will force the expiration of the NSA illegal spy program,” he said in a statement distributed by his presidential campaign.
“I do not do this to obstruct,” he added. “I do it to build something better, more effective, more lasting, and more cognizant of who we are as Americans.”
If he wanted to, Paul certainly could doom parts of the post-9/11 counterterrorism law — at least temporarily.
Senator Paul’s latest action, aimed at protecting the privacy of Americans, comes after a 13 hour filibuster during which he relentlessly argued against the bill. Shortly there after, Paul engaged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, repeatedly blocking attempts to extend the Patriot Act’s June 1st deadline.
The entire 13 hour filibuster can be watched here
Paul has said he would not object to moving ahead on the bill if he were able to bring two amendments up for a simple majority vote. If Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) prevents that from happening, he would have every reason to kill the law.
In early May, Senator Paul spoke at an Awards Ceremony for the Constitution Project, Paul took aim at Senator John McCain’s defense of the Patriot Act: “One unapologetic senator who I’ve had a few rounds with said, ‘If you’re not talking to terrorists, why are you worried?’” Paul said. “Have we fallen so low that is our standard? If you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear? It’s a long way from innocent until proven guilty.”
The liberty-minded Kentucky Republican has made civil liberties an early focus of his presidential bid, and he’s making it widely known of his contentiousness toward the federal government’s surveillance programs. Many politico’s believe his opinions could play a very prominent role in the Republican presidential primary contest.
This issue is among the many that is starting to divide the “herd” of Republican presidential hopefuls as Florida Governor Jeb Bush lavishes praises upon the Obama administration for its continued use of the “big metadata programs” used for the data mining of Americans private information, stating it is “a very important service.”