By Mike DeBonis
May 20 at 6:46 PM
At 1:18 p.m. Wednesday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) took the Senate floor to decry the potential extension of the legal authority underpinning the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of private telephone records — a controversial practice brought to light by the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
“There comes a time in the history of nations when fear and complacency allow power to accumulate and liberty and privacy to suffer,” Paul started. “That time is now, and I will not let the Patriot Act — the most unpatriotic of acts go unchallenged.”
Now five hours later, Paul is still at his desk on the Senate floor, still talking.
But is it a filibuster?