Republican Senator Rand Paul (KY) said in a speech on the Senate floor Wednesday that questioning the constitutionality of the PATRIOT Act was not equivalent to supporting terrorists.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Paul introduced an amendment to the PATRIOT Act on Monday that attempts to safeguard American’s civil liberties by increasing oversight of government surveillance powers.
“He’s fighting for an amendment to protect the right – not of average citizens, but of terrorists – to cover up their gun” purchases, Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) said on the Senate floor, according to the Los Angeles Times. “If he thinks that it’s going to be a badge of courage on his side to have held this up for a few hours, he’s made a mistake.”
Last week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker John Boehner agreed to call for a vote to extend three controversial provisions of the PATRIOT Act before May 27, when they are set to expire, without any changes to the legislation.
“Do we want a land, a government without so much restraint that at any time they can come into your house?” Paul responded. “We were very worried about that. That’s why our country was founded on principles such as the Fourth Amendment.”
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