Saturday, May 30, 2015
Getting down to the wire
From Rand 2016:
Tomorrow I will force the expiration of the NSA's illegal spying program.
I will not allow any bill extending illegal NSA spying to be rushed through ahead of the deadline.
My oath is to support and defend the Constitution and I won't back down.
The abuse of general warrants and the attack on the Bill of Rights must stop once-and-for-all.
We don't have to choose between fighting terrorism and obeying the Constitution.
That's why, two years ago, I sued the NSA.
It's why I proposed the Fourth Amendment Protection Act to force our government to abide by the Bill of Rights.
It's why I have fought for a full, open and honest debate on warrantless domestic spying -- a debate that is always kicked down the road in the name of "security."
So last week, with the proponents of this illegal spying rushing toward a deadline to ram through renewing illegal spying, I took a stand.
I filibustered for over 10 hours to shine a light on the vast expansion of the spy state and the erosion of our liberties.
I stood on the Senate floor until the early hours of the morning and helped block any short-term extension of these powers.
Tomorrow, the Senate will come back from recess with just hours left before the NSA's illegal spying powers expire.
And I won't allow defenders of the spy state to legislate through a manufactured crisis by holding a deadline over the head of Congress.
Let me be clear: I believe the number one job of the federal government is national defense.
I believe we must fight terrorism and I believe we must stand strong against our enemies.
But we do not need to compromise the Constitution in the process.
In fact, we must not.
I am ready and willing to start the debate on how we fight terrorism without giving up our liberty.
This can't be delayed any longer.
I do not do this to obstruct.
I'm fighting for a strong national defense that upholds the Constitution and protects Americans from enemies who seek to do us harm.
So I hope I can count on you to sign your petition and stand with me as I force illegal NSA spying to expire and stand strong against any deals or threats.