Yesterday, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) joined a bipartisan group of U.S. representatives and senators, including U.S. Representative Justin Amash (R-MI) and U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), for a press conference in support of the USA Rights Act amendment to reform Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and protect Americans’ Fourth Amendment rights.
In October 2017, Sens. Paul and Wyden introduced the USA Rights Act in the Senate to end warrantless backdoor searches of Americans’ calls, emails, texts, and other communications that are routinely swept up under a program designed to spy on foreign targets. Representative Amash is sponsoring the amendment in the U.S. House.
“We need more oversight of the intelligence community, not less,” Dr. Paul stated at the event, later adding, “We need to make sure, because men are not angels, that there are rules.”
“This is a bedrock principle of our country – it’s what brings Republicans and Democrats together – is that the Bill of Rights requires that information be gathered under the Fourth Amendment with probable cause. Naming the person. Naming the papers. So we want the Constitution to apply to Americans,” Dr. Paul also noted.
Related: Kevin Price, Host of the Price of Business show (a media partner to this new site) and long time friend of the Senator interviewed Paul during the candidate’s run for President. Here’s part of that interview:
Price has said that “Paul is one of the only politicians that defends all of the Bill of Rights, regardless of whether they are popular to any particular party.”
The Senator’s interview on Fox News on the controversial spy bill: