WASHINGTON: ‘ Stop illegal NSA Spying Rand Paul to let Patriot Act lapse ‘

#AceNewsReport – Washington:Featured Update:May.31: The Republican Senator and 2016 presidential candidate Rand Paul has announced a crusade against the Patriot Act, promising he will delay Sunday’s debate and force the expiration of controversial provisions that allow bulk spying on US citizens.

“I will force the expiration of the NSA illegal spy program,” the Senator from Kentucky wrote in a statement on his presidential campaign website. “I am ready and willing to start the debate on how we fight terrorism without giving up our liberty.”

Earlier this month, the House passed the bipartisan USA Freedom Act which would provide new limits on the NSA data collection. It would do away with Patriot Act’s controversial Section 215, but give phone companies the responsibility of maintaining phone records that the government could search.

“Last week, seeing proponents of this illegal spying rushing toward a deadline to wholesale renew this unconstitutional power, I filibustered the bill. I spoke for over 10 hours to call attention to the vast expansion of the spy state and the corresponding erosion of our liberties,” Paul said in a statement on Sunday.

“Then, last week, I further blocked the extension of these powers and the Senate adjourned for recess rather than stay and debate them,” he added.

The Senate is being called back on Sunday just hours before the midnight deadline.

“Tomorrow, I will force the expiration of the NSA illegal spy program,” Paul vowed.