A New Reason to Filibuster

The Democrats take on the Patriot Act in Congress

In a risky motivational gambit, Senate Democrats are planning to attack one of President Bush's pillars of homeland security--the USA Patriot Act. The legislation, passed weeks after Sept. 11 and set to expire at the end of the month, gives law enforcement broad authority to search everything from Internet usage to credit-card records--the kind of Big Brother stuff that fires up even the most lackadaisical lefties. And so, despite Republicans' granting some key civil-liberties protections last week, top Democratic aides tell TIME that minority whip Dick Durbin of Illinois plans to lead a filibuster this week. These sources say that with...

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