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    US Senator Paul Pledges to Force NSA Spying Program Expiration

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    Rand Paul, US presidential candidate and senator, will make the US government’s bulk data collection program expire, according to a statement, published Saturday on Paul’s official website.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) The program will end unless the US Senate either authorizes Sunday an extension of the Patriot Act, or approves new legislation, the USA Freedom Act, which preserves the data collection authority of the Patriot Act, but allegedly ends bulk collection.

    "Tomorrow, I will force the expiration of the NSA illegal spy program," Paul said.

    The senator added that he would start the debate on how the United States should fight terrorism without giving up civilian liberties, not allowing Senate Majority Leader Republican Mitch McConnell to expedite it.

    "I do not do this to obstruct. I do it to build something better, more effective, more lasting, and more cognizant of who we are as Americans," Paul concluded.

    The senator had already filibustered the renewal of the Patriot Act legislation last week, when he spoke on the Senate floor for ten hours, delaying all legislative business.

    Before the May 25, 2015 Memorial Day recess, both bills had already failed a vote in Senate.

    In early May, a US court of appeals ruled that government bulk collection of personal data, justified under the Patriot Act, was a violation of the US Constitution.


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