Sen. Rand Paul, a candidate in 2016 presidential race, is escalating fight against USA Patriot Act as Senate prepares to return for rare Sunday session to resolve gridlock over National Security Agency’s intelligence gathering.
- In e-mail to supporters, Paul calls session an “NSA spying showdown” and “battle over your right to privacy”
- He asks recipients to “join the filibuster” by sending in their names and e-mail addresses
- NOTE: It’s one of a series of missives Paul has sent since he held Senate floor last wk for 10 hrs to protest legislation extending much of NSA’s spying program
- NOTE: House passed legislation this month on 338-88 vote that bars bulk collection of phone records; some senators want alternative approaches including transition period for telecommunications cos. to take over so-called meta data collection from NSA
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