US Senator and presidential candidate Rand Paul (R-KY) began a filibuster to protest the renewal of the Patriot Act on Wednesday afternoon.
“There comes to a time in the history of nations when fear and complacency allow power to accumulate and liberty and privacy to suffer,” Paul said. “That time is now. And I will not let the Patriot Act, the most un-patriotic of acts, go unchallenged.”
Paul told New Hampshire’s Union Leader newspaper in an interview last Monday of his plans to filibuster. “We will be filibustering. We will be trying to stop it. We are not going to let them run over us. And we are going to demand amendments and we are going to make sure the American people know that some of us at least are opposed to unlawful searches, he said.
In 2013, Paul made headlines when he filibustered for over 13 hours to protest the nomination of John O. Brennan as the leader of the CIA and to draw attention to the government’s use of drones.
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Watch Ben Swann’s Truth In Media episode on the Patriot Act in which he explains Section 215, below: