"We have all the tools we need to preserve both security and liberty"
Sunday, I will continue my fight to end the illegal collection of American phone records. The Second Appeals court has ruled the NSA's bulk collection of phone records illegal. We should not be debating modifying an illegal program. We should simply end this illegal program.
How will we defend ourselves if the Patriot Act expires? Well, perhaps we could just rely on the Constitution and demonstrate exactly how traditional judicial warrants can gather all the info we need—and how bulk collection really hasn't worked.
We have all the tools we need to preserve both security and liberty. What we now need is a president with the will to do just that.
I have fought for several years now to end the invasive and illegal spying of the NSA on ordinary Americans. I am ready to debate how we fight terrorism without giving up our liberty.
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.
Yet the expiration of the NSA's sweeping, all-encompassing and ineffectual powers will not relinquish functions necessary for protecting national security but will instead do what we should have done all along—rely on the Constitution for these powers.