Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has officially filed a class action lawsuit against President Obama and other administration officials over National Security Agency surveillance, CBS reports.
In conjunction with Matt Kibbe, president of FreedomWorks, a conservative nonprofit organization, Paul is accusing the administration of violating the Fourth Amendment through the collection of Americans’ phone metadata. (The amendment prohibits “unreasonable searches and seizures.”) Former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who lost last year’s gubernatorial election, will act as lead counsel. Naming Obama, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, NSA Director Keith Alexander and FBI Director James Comey as defendants, the suit seeks for a way to stop the program and dispose of all data previously collected through it.
“There’s a huge and growing swell of protest in this country of people who are outraged that their records would be taken without suspicion, without a judge’s warrant and without individualization,” Paul said at a press conference after filing the lawsuit in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. He thinks it will be a “historic lawsuit” that makes its way to the Supreme Court.
The libertarian senator has been on a mission since last year to collect signatures from people for the class action suit through his PAC website.
Read more at CBS.