Senator Rand Paul is filibustering the Patriot Act now on the US Senate floor.
Paul wants limits on NSA spying on all Americans.
Paul started his filibuster at 1:18 PM this afternoon.
I've just taken the senate floor to begin a filibuster of the Patriot Act renewal. It's time to end the NSA spying!
— Dr. Rand Paul (@RandPaul) May 20, 2015
Today the Tea Party Patriots, the ACLU and NAACP joined together to run ads urging Americans to “tell Congress to protect our privacy.”
The Daily Caller reported:
Growing concerns about the Patriot Act’s renewal are creating strange bedfellows. The Tea Party Patriots and the ACLU are running TV ads urging Americans to “tell Congress [to] protect our privacy.” On top of that, the executive director of Iowa’s ACLU and Tea Party Patriots’ boss Jenny Beth Martin have coauthored an op-ed in the Des Moines Register on “the need for significant reforms to curtail government surveillance authorities, like some of those included in the Patriot Act.”
And even the NAACP — which hasn’t always been kind to the tea party movement — is getting in on the act. Hilary O. Shelton, director of the NAACP Washington Bureau and senior vice president for policy and advocacy, coauthored an op-ed with Martin, declaring: “We want our government to stop spying on innocent Americans.”
“The thinking behind these alliances is to send a message to Washington that Americans are absolutely fed up,” said Martin in an email. “When Tea Party Patriots, ACLU and NAACP can set aside their oft-adversarial history, come together, and say to Washington ‘We have a problem’…then Washington has a problem. And they’d better pay attention.”
Rand has been standing for over 8 hours now.
#StandWithRand Hour 8 Join us >> https://t.co/xuAhFqXqY6 pic.twitter.com/5NO57JuhQP
— Dr. Rand Paul (@RandPaul) May 21, 2015