"Bottom line is I don't want to live in a country where we give up our freedoms our privacy. I don't want to live in a country that loses constitutional protections that protect us as individuals. We do have a right to privacy. You have a right not to have the government reading your VISA bill every month. We do have rights and we should protect these." Sen. Rand Paul
The legislation being debated is the result of a deal on extending Patriot Act provisions reached between House and Senate leaders last week. The bill renews three provisions that are set to expire this Friday. Those provisions authorize court-approved roving wiretaps; give the FBI access to library records and anything else considered relevant to a terrorism investigation; and monitor so-called “lone wolf” terror suspects. (From Politico: Sen. Rand Paul demands debate).
I will bet that you didn't know that your phone conversations, VISA bills and bank and library records are being routinely screened.
We cannot give up our liberties and rights for the sake of security - because the government will at some point abuse the power that they have. They already do. We can still catch terrorists (i.e. those that wish to harm us) while retaining our freedom. Apparently the boneheads in Congress - Republicans included - decided that we should proceed towards extending this trampling of our freedom! Sigh.
"The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home." - James Madison
"If you want total security, go to prison. There you're fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking... is freedom." - Dwight D. Eisenhower, President and 5-Star General