Rand Paul Claims “Big Victory” for Privacy

Sen. Rand Paul on Monday hailed a “big victory for privacy” in his fight against the National Security Agency’s bulk data collection program after key provisions of the post-9/11 Patriot Act lapsed late Sunday.

“Actually, I think we’re winning,” the Kentucky Republican said on Fox News when asked if the legislative fight was over for the moment. “The president will be rebuked and the president will no longer be able to illegally collect our records all the time, so I think it’s a big victory for privacy.”

Amid Sunday’s floor battle over the expiring law, Mr. Paul had acknowledged that he could delay matters for only a few days. The Senate is now poised to take up a House-passed bill that does away with bulk collection by the NSA, but that legislation would also extend powers for the U.S. government to obtain wiretaps that follow terrorists from phone to phone and another provision that allows the targeting of “lone wolf” terrorists.

You can read the full story in an article by David Sherfinski in The Washington Times at http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jun/1/rand-paul-hails-big-victory-privacy.

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