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Rand Paul sues to stop NSA spying

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 12: U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) (C) holds up a group of cell phones in front of U.S. District Court to announce the filing of a class action lawsuit to stop NSA mass surveillance.
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 12: U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) (C) holds up a group of cell phones in front of U.S. District Court to announce the filing of a class action lawsuit to stop NSA mass surveillance.
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Sen. Rand Paul is using his political action committee to wage a lawsuit over controversial NSA spying techniques. The legal proceedings will name President Obama, National Intelligence Director James Clapper, outgoing NSA Director Keith Alexander, and FBI Director James Comey. This is a class-action lawsuit and anyone who feels the NSA's actions have adversely affected them is welcome to join by signing up on RandPAC's website.

In a press release Rand Paul stated:

"I am filing a lawsuit against President Barack Obama because he has publicly refused to stop a clear and continuing violation of the 4th Amendment. The Bill of Rights protects all citizens from general warrants. I expect this case to go all the way to the Supreme Court and I predict the American people will win."

Matt Kibbe, President of FreedomWorks, added:

"This class action suit isn't about Republican versus Democrat, or progressive versus conservative. This is about defending the basic civil liberties of every American from a government that has crossed the line. FreedomWorks is participating in this suit on behalf of our community of 6 million citizens nationwide, along with any American who has a phone. If you use a phone, you should care about this case. Never in American history has there been such a warrantless gathering of citizens information. We believe it is time to put this before the courts."

Ken Cuccinelli, lead counsel in the suit, added:

"I am excited to be lead counsel for Rand Paul and FreedomWorks to get the Courts to affirm the rights protected by the 4th Amendment to the Constitution. We have assembled a legal team and we expect to be opposed by the vast resources of the federal government, yet I am optimistic that we will prevail, because we are seeking to protect a cornerstone of the Constitution."

This announcement comes on the heels of The Day We Fight Back Against Mass Surveillance, in which thousands of websites all over the world encouraged people to call and write their representatives demanding an end to mass surveillance.