Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) has said he will filibuster to prevent any renewal of the controversial Patriot Act, which mostly expires on June 1st.
The move can only be described as ‘privacy theater’.
While the move will get attention from the presidential hopeful and paint him as a candidate who care about your privacy and rights, the reality is nothing will change because of Mr Paul’s tactics and Mr Paul has done little up until this point to genuinely advocate for the privacy of hard-working Americans.
“We will be filibustering [and] we will be trying to stop it,” said Paul. “We are not going to let them run over us [and] we are going to demand amendments … we are going to make sure the American people know that some of us at least are opposed to unlawful searches.”
‘Some of us’ is the operative word as most Senators ave always been in favor of massive spying on American citizens.
As it stands now, the NSA is the world’s largest collector and processor of data, maintaining a detailed spy file on every single American citizen. Most troubling is that they have deep files on all our government officials – Senators, Congressman, Supreme Court Judges and military leaders, whom they have been shown to lie to repeatedly.
Because of this fear many Republican and Democratic senators are set to support the bill’s renewal, with many attempting to establish further basis for increased powers.
Mr Paul is currently seeking the Republican nomination for the US Presidential elections in 2016.