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Rand Paul's Statement on the Patriot Act Extension

May 24, 2011 - Senator Rand Paul

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Sen. Rand Paul spent a significant amount of the day on the Senate floor urging Senate Democrat Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to keep his word and allow debate and amendments on the USA PATRIOT Act extension.

"Instead of honoring statements he made in February regarding allowing amendments and debate on the bill, Sen. Reid went through procedural hoops to go back on his word. By hurriedly attaching the extensions to the privileged small business bill as an amendment, Sen. Reid denied the Senate the opportunity to debate the constitutionality of its provisions," Sen. Paul said. "Today's events further underscore the U.S. government's lack of transparency and accountability to the American people."

FLASHBACK: Sen. Reid's comments in the Feb. 15, 2011, Congressional Record:

Mr. REID. Mr. President, I express my appreciation to everyone involved. It has been a difficult issue, but I will put on the record what I have told a number of Senators personally, and that is that we will, prior to this expiration occurring, bring up the PATRIOT Act and have an opportunity for an extended period of time--a week at least--to offer amendments and do whatever people feel is appropriate on this bill.

I have talked to a couple of Senators who have told me specifically that they want to offer amendments. Although I didn't agree I would support their amendments--one was a Democrat and one was a Republican--I said that is what we should be able to do, to set this up so they can offer their amendments. And I will do whatever I can to make sure we move forward on this legislation in ample time so that we can pass this PATRIOT Act for a more extended period of time, which is so important to the security of this country. I know people have problems with it, and that is why we are going to have the amendment process.

Via Techdirt: Harry Reid Routes Around Rand Paul; Says No Changes To Patriot Act Is 'An Excellent Compromise'

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LOL..did that really say he

LOL..did that really say he put the entire patriot act on the back of an innocuous-looking farm bill? I find that hard to believe. If he did, the recall papers should be drawn up and filed to get him out.


7:45pm on c-Span 2 Harry Reid just stated before the Senate gaveled out that there will be roll call voting on Rand's amendments tomorrow morning

Isn't it interesting....

On harry Reid's "ontheissues.org" site Reid states he:

*Voted NO on extending the PATRIOT Act's wiretap provision. (Dec 2005)

Under Homeland security: http://www.ontheissues.org/senate/harry_reid.htm

Voted NO on extending the PATRIOT Act's wiretap provision.

Vote to invoke cloture on a conference report that extends the authority of the FBI to conduct "roving wiretaps" and access business records. Voting YES would recommend, in effect, that the PATRIOT Act be extended through December 31, 2009, and would makes the provisions of the PATRIOT Act permanent. Voting NO would extend debate further, which would have the effect of NOT extending the PATRIOT Act's wiretap provision.

Amazing how they act when they are in power, civil liberties take a back seat to their whims and Dems see no problem with this, just like the Leftist anti war movement that was disband by the Nobel peace prize winning president Obama. Never fear though, he planted a peace tree! So far as the multiple wars he has now started (Nothing to see here, we are killing in the name of preservation)

Always remember:
"It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds." ~ Samuel Adams
If they hate us for our freedom, they must LOVE us now....

Stay IRATE, remain TIRELESS, an

This whole thing is just depressing...

Basically this just again proves that democrats/liberals only oppose war and the Patriot Act when it's a Republican president.

Now that bin Laden is dead, they're scrambling to find the next terrorist guy that we should all be afraid of. It's like a miniature collapse of the Soviet Union.

The most depressing thing, as has been mentioned on this site, is that no one will notice that Rand stood against the Patriot Act when the rest of the democrats wouldn't. Most liberal people I talk to think he's totally interchangeable with Lindsey Graham or one of the other neocons.


What I really don't understand is why you would even expect Reid to stay true to his word. I would want these people as far away from me as possible. I would expect them to lie. Rand should have been ready to be duped instead of thinking that Reid was really going allow it to come up for debate.
I'm not bashing Rand, just saying NEVER trust a traitor.

Freedom is tolerance

Compelling witness to the travesty of Seator Reid.


    Webster's 1913 Dictionary: Travesty Trav"es*ty, a. [French. travesti, p. p. of travestir to disguise, to travesty, Italian. travestire, fr. Latin. trans across, over + vestire to dress, clothe. See Vest.] Disguised by dress so as to be ridiculous; travestied; -- applied to a book or shorter composition.

    Mark Twain: hogwos; whitewash.

Treachery knows no bounds.

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

Thank you.

Great information.

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