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Sen. Rand Paul on FISA: Bill of Rights Worth a Filibuster

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By    |   Thursday, 11 January 2018 12:57 PM

Using the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to spy on foreigners in foreign lands is one thing, but when it's used to collect data on Americans, that should be opposed, Sen. Rand Paul said Thursday, shortly before appearing to call for a filibuster through Twitter on the upcoming Senate vote.

"It is one thing to spy on foreigners in foreign lands," the Kentucky Republican told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" co-anchor Bill Hemmer. "That's what the FISA act is supposed to do. We actually will reauthorize FISA. That's part of our reform. We reauthorize spying on foreigners in foreign lands."

However, when "millions of Americans are incidentally collected in the database, we don't want people willy-nilly looking into this database without a warrant," said Paul. "There is evidence now that some people in the FBI had a bias against [President Donald Trump] and tried to get him defeated while at work or discussing among each other how to have an insurance policy."

"We had people at the Justice department whose spouse was with the opposition research group hired by the Clintons," Paul continued. "Men aren't angels. We need to make sure somebody is watching and there are checks and balances."

After his Fox appearance, and after the House passed the reauthorization measure to renew government surveillance powers, Paul tweeted:

However, he told Hemmer in the interview that he does not know if he has "13 hours in me" to stage a filibuster, as he has done in the past.

"I've been through a lot in the last couple of months," said Paul, who was injured last fall after a neighbor attacked him in his backyard.

" I will tell you this, the Bill of Rights is something worth filibustering over, and the idea we should have a judicial warrant before searching an American's records is worth filibustering for," Paul said. "This vote will be interesting to watch this morning because we think we have the votes. All night long Republican and Democratic leadership have been twisting arms and trying to bribe people to change their votes."

Paul said he's spoken with Trump, and the president has indicated that he believes any reauthorization should have "significant reforms," meaning that a warrant should be required before looking at records involving Americans.

"You have to realize that all of us are caught up in this," he said. "If I talk to an ambassador or anybody outside the country, somehow I'm in the database. The president is in the database. Any journalist who sends an email to someone overseas and mentions the name of a terrorist. Let's say you are writing a story about a terrorist because you have mentioned a terrorist, now you and your counterpart overseas who may be another reporter are now caught up in the database."

A pair of tweets from the president early Thursday cast some doubts on how he feels about the act, but Paul said he believes that one can be for both reauthorization and reauthorization with reform on the measure.

"I believe the president supports reform and does not believe we should allow anybody to look through this database without a warrant," said Paul. "We've seen how much bias there is. We've seen top ranking people in the FBI and Justice Department whose political bias has gotten the better of them."

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