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The Flame of Liberty

Sen. Rand Paul discusses Americans’ continuous loss of liberty through the lens of Ray Bradbury’s dystopian classic Fahrenheit 451. The Kentucky Republican warns that the federal government is monitoring email and phone communications, and even delving into what books we read, in the name of preserving national security. “We are giving up our privacy, we are trading our liberty, for some sort of sense, or some sort of ostensible security,” he says in a talk delivered last month at FreedomFest in Las Vegas, Nevada. He directs his strongest criticism at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), citing a couple of chilling examples where that agency trampled upon the rights and dignities of travelers.

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