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Senator Rand Paul plans to file a lawsuit against Obama and the NSA

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Rand Paul
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The junior senator from Kentucky held a press conference on today to announce his plans to file a class-action lawsuit against the Obama administration and the National Security Agency (NSA). The lawsuit is in protest against their surveillance program of American citizens. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is joining forces with former Attorney General of Virginia Ken Cuccinelli who will serve as lead council for the plaintiffs in the lawsuit. Cuccinelli recently lost his bid to become governor of the state of Virginia.

Paul has been threatening for months to file such a lawsuit and he made his intentions official today by holding a press conference and asking American citizens to join in the lawsuit and help protect our 4th amendment rights under the Constitution. The suit also will name National Intelligence Director James Clapper, outgoing NSA Director Keith Alexander, and FBI Director James Comey.

Paul is hoping that the lawsuit will work its way through the lower courts and eventually make its way to the Supreme Court.

Paul said in his statement:

"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.".

"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," he said. "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."

Paul made the announcement through his political action committee RandPAC who is planning strategies to launch Paul into the 2016 presidential race. Paul has recently gone on the offensive against the Clintons by referring to former President Bill Clinton as a sexual predator. Hillary Clinton is considered to be the front runner on the Democratic ticket if she decides to run for the office of president.

With the demise of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in recent polls, many political pundits are considering Rand Paul to be the most likely person to survive and become the Republican candidate for president.


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