After promising to filibuster, Sen. Rand Paul stood up on the senate floor Wednesday afternoon to oppose warrantless mass surveillance carried out by the National Security Agency under Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act.
In the same style of his 2013 NSA filibuster over the appointment of CIA Director John Brennan, Paul kicked off a speak-till-he-can-no-longer-speak speech against mass surveillance by the federal government.
“There comes a time in the history of nations when fear and complacency allow power to accumulate and liberty and privacy to suffer. That time is now, and I will not let the Patriot Act, the most unpatriotic of acts, go unchallenged.”
This filibuster comes right before the Congress must either pass some form of reauthorization for certain provisions of the Patriot Act, otherwise the congressional authority for these actions will expire.
Grassroots supporters of Paul began planning to stand outside the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. Wednesday afternoon, to show their opposition to the Patriot Act and government spying on citizens.