In a statement to POLITICO, Paul warns that he would not consent to any efforts to pass either an extension of current law or the USA Freedom Act.
“Let me be clear: I acknowledge the need for a robust intelligence agency and for a vigilant national security.
“I believe we must fight terrorism, and I believe we must stand strong against our enemies.
“But we do not need to give up who we are to defeat them. In fact, we must not.
“There has to be another way. We must find it together.
“So tomorrow, I will force the expiration of the NSA illegal spy program.
“I am ready and willing to start the debate on how we fight terrorism without giving up our liberty.”
“Sometimes when the problem is big enough, you just have to start over. The tax code and our regulatory burdens are two good examples.”
“Fighting against unconditional, illegal powers that take away our rights, taken by previous Congresses and administrations is just as important.”
“I do not do this to obstruct. I do it to build something better, more effective, more lasting, and more cognizant of who we are as Americans.”