Rand Paul Set to File Class-Action Lawsuit Against NSA
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 08:34 PM
By: Cathy Burke
Republican Sen. Rand Paul says he's ready to file a much-anticipated class-action lawsuit against President Barack Obama and the National Security Agency over its massive collection of data on millions of unsuspecting Americans.
The Hill reported that the potential 2016 GOP presidential contender will file suit Wednesday in Washington, D.C., district court as a private citizen, and hopes the case will wind up before the U.S. Supreme Court.
“I am filing a lawsuit against President Barack Obama because he has publicly refused to stop a clear and continuing violation of the Fourth Amendment,” a statement from Paul's political action committee asserted.
“The Bill of Rights protects all citizens from general warrants.”
The Hill notes it's the first time Paul has mentioned the president as a defendant.
Besides Obama and the NSA, also named will be James Clapper, director of national intelligence; Gen. Keith Alexander, head of the NSA; and FBI chief James Comey.
Former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli will be lead attorney.
A new participant in the suit will be FreedomWorks, The Hill reported.
“FreedomWorks is participating in this suit on behalf of our community of 6 million citizens nationwide, along with any American who has a phone,” said its president, Matt Kibbe.
“If you use a phone, you should care about this case,” Kibbe said.
Paul has been a frequent critic of the NSA's trolling for metadata across the country, and has conducted a drive to sign up 10 million participants in the class-action lawsuit through his campaign website and his political action committee.
Other cases challenging the spy agency's information collection include that of legal activist Larry Klayman.