In a move that should be getting more notice this week, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has thrown down the gauntlet over the renewal of the Patriot Act, provisions of which would expire Friday if not extended. Paul has offered several "controversial" amendments to the bill, and could single-handedly cause the Patriot Act to lapse for a day, The Hill reported today
What are these so-called "controversial" changes to the post-9/11 act -- which expanded governmental search powers -- that Paul wants? "Controversial" things like requiring the government seek a judge's approval
before conducting a search of someone's credit cards, emails, library books, bank statements, and business records or conducting a "roving wiretap," and requiring the government to actually come up with probable cause
before searching such records or executing such wiretaps.
On the Senate floor, Paul argued that's a false dichotomy and searching records without probable cause could actually make us less safe, as it wastes time from legitimate suspects.
"You can be opposed to terrorists ... but we can do it with a process that protects the innocent," Paul said.