Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) “does not think he is being unreasonable in his stand against government surveillance practices,” Politico reports. “I’m just asking for two amendments and a simple majority vote” on ending the National Security Agency’s bulk data collection, he said. Paul said neither Democrats nor Republicans are doing enough to protect privacy, and too much government power opens the door for “systemic bias” to enter the system. “We did it to the Japanese-Americans in World War II. We did it to civil rights protesters during the ‘60s and to Vietnam War protestors. We just started grabbing them up and started looking at behavior we didn’t like,” he said, adding such surveillance “has a chilling effect on a right to dissent.”
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