Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Sen. Rand Paul Sues Obama Over NSA Survellance
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is making good on his promise to sue the Obama administration over what he calls 'precisely the kind of overreach we fought a revolution over.' His targets are the National Security Agency, the FBI and other federal government offices that snoop on private communications at home and abroad.
With former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli as his lead attorney, Paul is filing suit Wednesday morning in Washington, D.C. federal court along with the conservative FreedomWorks organization.
The legal action, officially titled 'Rand Paul v. Barack Obama,' will hit the court running with at least 350,000 plaintiffs, according to a source close to the process. Paul is aiming for 10 million, judging from a message on two websites run by his political staff.
'When we learned that the NSA was collecting the phone data of every American last year,' the senator said in a video message Tuesday night to supporters, 'it posed a serious Constitutional question: Do we no longer have a Fourth Amendment?'
'Rand Paul v. Barack Obama' lawsuit hits federal court with 350,000 plaintiffs, as U.S. senator sues White House and intelligence chiefs over NSA surveillance
Kentucky senator wants to end broad, non-targeted surveillance of Americans' communications, including so-called 'metadata'
He calls the NSA programs uncovered by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden 'precisely the kind of overreach we fought a revolution over'
'Rand Paul v. Barack Obama' will be filed in federal court Wednesday morning
Former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who lost a gubernatorial bid in November, is lead counsel for the plaintiffs – all 350,000 of them
In addition to the president, Sen. Paul is suing the leaders of the NSA and FBI, and the White House's director of national intelligence
He's also raising money from his class-action participants for his next political campaign, likely a presidential run in 2016
By DAVID MARTOSKO, U.S. POLITICAL EDITOR
Daily Mail (UK)
PUBLISHED: 01:21 EST, 12 February 2014 | UPDATED: 03:04 EST, 12 February 2014