Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky forced the mass spying by the National Security Agency on Americans to expire on May 31.
The USA Freedom Act, which includes slight modifications to the NSA's mass spying, was passed by the House 338-88 last month, but Paul was able to block a vote on the bill on the last day of May in the Senate with procedural maneuvers, noted The Hill (video below).
The Republican senator said on the Senate floor:
"People here in town think I’m making a huge mistake. Some of them, I think, secretly want there to be an attack on the United States so they can blame it on me. One of the people in the media the other day came up to me and said, 'Oh, when there’s a great attack aren’t you going to feel guilty that you caused this great attack?' It’s like the people who attack us are responsible for attacks on us."
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According to The Daily Caller, Paul also said the Boston Marathon bombing and shooting in Garland, Texas, happened with the bulk collection by the NSA, but supporters of the NSA had not taken any responsibility for those attacks.
Sen. Dan Coates, a Republican from Indiana, claimed that mass NSA spying on Americans was needed to keep Americans safe (video below).
Coates failed to mention that a federal judge said in 2013 that the mass collection of phone data by the NSA was unconstitutional, noted CNN.
On June 1 on Fox News, Paul suggested hiring 1,000 new FBI agents to track potential jihadists instead of spending "billions and billions of dollars collecting the records of innocent Americans" (video below).
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Paul also mentioned that a court ruled the NSA gathering was an illegal program, but President Barack Obama is continuing the program, which is true as the Obama administration has appealed the ruling.