Talking for more than ten hours on the Senate floor from Wednesday afternoon to nearly midnight, libertarian Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) expressed his opposition to a two-month extension of the controversial Patriot Act but ultimately failed to fulfill his vow to do "everything possible" to kill legislation being pushed by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell which—with time remaining on the legislative clock—still has opportunity to pass.
ooooh, the suspense.
This is how Thomas Jefferson got rid of the hated "Alien and Sedition Acts" which said anyone who criticizes the government goes to jail. He convinced the country to let it expire, refusing to sign an extension of it (if memory serves.)
Let this piece of chit die.
"... those programs—including the bulk collection of American telephone data—will automatically come to an end next week."
Oh what a tangled web we weave
When first we practice to deceive. - Sir Walter Scott (Marmion, 1808)
The CONfederacy of Dunces that our nation calls both the House and the Senate under Repug control have not, do not, and will not practice due diligence, listen to public opinion, nor listen to and represent the BEST interests of their constituents who elected/put them in office. Their ears and hearts are "beholdin' to them that pays them and them that peddles fear" nationwide. That way, the US remains in a state of perpetual war thus keeping the money flowing to their donors (energy, bankers, investment companies, and all participating in the monolithic megalomaniacal military-industrial complex). They fix the game and play in it to the max. As "citizens" are Reps and Sens immune to the incursion of their privacy or do they think their vaunted status provides them protection from NSA and the tenets of the Patriot Act?