Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul said he plans to prevent the renewal of anti-terrorism programs when the Senate holds a rare Sunday session in a last-ditch effort to extend the expiring surveillance rules.

“I will force the expiration of the NSA illegal spy program,” Kentucky’s Paul said in a statement Saturday. “I am ready and willing to start the debate on how we fight terrorism without giving up our liberty.”

The confrontation Sunday would cap a week in which Paul has attempted to stymie the procedural measures that could move forward renewal of the programs. He asked supporters in an e-mail Friday to join him in opposing National Security Agency spying, before three surveillance provisions of the USA Patriot Act run out at 12:01 a.m. Monday.

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