“If you give up your rights now, don’t expect to get them back.” That was the warning issued on March 6 by Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) during his epic almost-13-hour filibuster of the nomination of John Brennan as head of the CIA.
When asked during his marathon monologue how long he planned to carry on, Paul responded with an inspiring pledge to
speak as long as it takes, until the alarm is sounded from coast to coast that our Constitution is important, that your rights to trial by jury are precious, that no American should be killed by a drone on American soil without first being charged with a crime, without first being found to be guilty by a court.
His aggressive, unapologetic counterattack against Democrats and those within his own party who seem willing to sacrifice guaranteed liberty for theoretical safety has forced Senator Paul many times to stand alone in the quest to keep America from promoting and perpetuating foreign conflicts around the world.
Whether it is foreign policy or domestic policy, Paul wants to walk a constitutional path. In fact, from the president’s use of drones to subtract names from his infamous kill list to the National Security Agency’s (NSA) tapping of phones and the Internet without probable cause as required by the Fourth Amendment, Senator Paul has been the vanguard of the war on the war on terror.
Although the interview reported in this article occurred before the revelations regarding the NSA’s wholesale surveillance of millions of American phone records, just before press time, on June 9, Senator Paul appeared on Fox News Sunday and proposed filing a class action lawsuit challenging the Obama administration’s unconstitutional surveillance programs.
“I’m going to be seeing if I can challenge this at the Supreme Court level,” Paul said, according to a rush transcript posted by the Washington Post. “I’m going to be asking all the Internet providers and all of the phone companies, ask your customers to join me in a class action lawsuit. If we get 10 million Americans saying we don’t want our phone records looked at, then somebody will wake up and say things will change in Washington.”
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