Paul on Patriot Act Filibuster: 'The Revolution Was Fought Over This'
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) filibustered for nearly 11 hours on the Senate floor yesterday against the proposed renewal of the Patriot Act.
Paul called the law an "unconstitutional intrusion on Americans' privacy" and his speech "underscored deep divisions over the National Security Agency's bulk collection of Americans' phone records," Fox News reported.
On "Hannity" tonight, Paul explained to Andrea Tantaros that the "government has to have a name on a warrant."
"This is what our founding fathers fought the revolution over," Paul said."The government shouldn't be allowed to have a blanket warrant or a generalized warrant to collect all of our records."
Paul explained that he thinks the violation "over civil liberties is in the collection of the data."
He said that he's not "alleging that the people who work at the NSA are bad people, that they have bad motives, [or] that they're unpatriotic."
"The danger is in letting the government collect so much information and also, the danger is, that the Fourth Amendment, which our founders were very proud of, said that you have to write an individual’s name on the warrant and if you have to write the name Verizon and you collect all the records from the company Verizon—that’s not a very specific way of doing things," Paul explained.
"It’s not very individualized, and you’re not going after people you’re suspicious of, you’re just going after everybody’s records," he remarked. "That's an invasion of privacy."
Watch Paul's full interview in the clip above.
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