I am a Ron Paul supporter, and have had an account here for a year or so. This is the first time I’ve posted, but I don’t see a post on this and may have information you don’t.
Rand Paul in February objected to an attempt at unanimous consent to extend the Patriot Act without a vote (on motion, without objection.) That meant it has to go through a vote and cloture for the first time since the first time it was up, right after 9/11. However, they called for a cloture vote for 5pm Monday, when Rand Paul was supposed to be out of D.C. I get the impression he now intends to be there, from the way the Campaign for Liberty email was written, but it doesn’t expressly say so. The relevant language is:
On Thursday, Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell collaborated with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in a backroom pact to extend the so-called “Patriot” Act - with as little debate as possible – for 4 years before some of the most liberty-savaging components expire on Friday, May 27.
The surveillance state’s ability to snoop through your business records, pry into your library book checkouts, monitor so-called “lone wolfs,” and spy on your personal communications through roving wiretaps will be extended until 2015, which “coincidentally” is not an election year.
So much for all that lofty rhetoric last fall about adhering to the Constitution.
By taking a chainsaw to the Fourth Amendment, they have pledged their allegiance to the Surveillance State.
Even more galling, a cloture vote is scheduled for 5PM Monday, because they believed Senator Rand Paul would be out of town, and they would have a free hand to slip extending the government’s domestic spying capabilities through without anyone noticing.
Would people here be willing to join us in calling reps and Boehner and Reid to object to this war on the American people? You can find Senator information through www.senate.gov and House Rep information through www.house.gov.
We may not win, but we shouldn’t make it easy.