Rebel of the Week: Rand Paul and His 7-Hour Filibuster

Imagine if this Friday at 12:01 a.m. all law enforcement officials had to cease their “patriotic” behavior adopted since 9/11. No monitoring your bank account, no sifting through your bag without reasonable suspicion at the subway stop, your phone left free from the tapmaster. Due to the persistence of Senator Rand Paul over the past two days we might experience a taste of real liberty — even for just a moment’s time the Patriot Act could be suspended.

Let’s start with a recap: The Patriot Act, signed into law by George W. Bush, was created as a reaction to the September 11 terrorist attacks. The Bush administration put together the legislation as a way to better track down terrorists, foreign and domestic, to protect our country from future terrorist attacks. Critics have grown in numbers over the past 5 or so years because the “War on Terror” seemed to turn into the “War on American’s Civil Liberties.”

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