Tomorrow I will force the expiration of the NSA's
illegal spying program.
I will not allow any bill extending illegal NSA spying to be rushed
ahead of the deadline.
My oath is to support and defend the Constitution, and I won't
The abuse of general warrants and the attack on the Bill of Rights must
We don't have to choose between fighting terrorism and obeying the
That's why, two years ago, I sued the NSA.
It's why I proposed the Fourth Amendment Protection Act to force our
government to abide by the Bill of Rights.
It's why I have fought for a full, open and
honest debate on warrantless
domestic spying -- a debate that is always
kicked down the road in the
name of "security."
So last week, with the proponents of
this illegal spying rushing toward
a deadline to ram through renewing illegal spying, I took a stand.
I filibustered for over 10 hours to shine a light on the vast expansion
of the spy state and the erosion of our liberties.
I stood on the Senate floor until the early
hours of the morning and
helped block any short-term extension of these
Tomorrow, the Senate will come back from recess with just hours left
before the NSA's
illegal spying powers expire.
And I won't allow defenders of the spy state to legislate through
manufactured crisis by holding a deadline over the head of Congress.
Let me be clear: I believe
the number one job of the federal
government is national defense.
I believe we must fight
terrorism, and I believe we must stand
strong against our enemies.
But we do not need to
compromise the Constitution in the process.
In fact, we must not.
I am ready and willing to start the debate on how we fight terrorism
without giving up our liberty.
This can't be delayed any longer.
I do not do this to obstruct.
I'm fighting for a strong national defense that upholds the
Constitution and protects Americans from
enemies who seek
to do us harm.
So I hope I can count on you to sign your petition and
stand with me as I force illegal NSA spying to expire and stand strong against any deals or threats.