Saturday, January 4, 2014

Senator Rand Paul launches class action law suit challenging constitutionality of NSA spy program

Senator Rand Paul launches class action law suit challenging constitutionality of NSA spy program
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) is spearheading a class action lawsuit against the government over NSA spy programs.

The lawsuit’s announcement comes only hours after the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court renewed the government’s permission Friday to collect bulk telephone metadata.

Mr Paul claimed that several hundred thousand people have already signed up for the suit that he hopes will be reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court – perhaps an inevitability after courts have issued differing District Court rulings on the constitutionality of the program.

The Senator contended told Fox News that to applying a single warrant to millions of people is unconstitutional and that questions of constitutionality should not be decided by the secretive FISA court.

‘The question here is whether or not you can have a single warrant applied to millions of people,’ Mr Paul said before explaining that anyone with a cell phone is eligible to sign up.

‘No you can’t have our records without our permission or without a warrant specific to an individual.’
The government quietly announced in a Friday afternoon statement from Director of National Intelligence James Clapper’s office that the surveillance program has been renewed.

The statement also included defense of the spy program’s legality, perhaps in an attempt to head Mr Paul’s lawsuit off at the pass.

Citing the rulings of judges in US District Courts in the Southern Districts of both California and New York, as well as 16 FISA court judges on 36 occasions, the government claimed the program is lawful.

Mr Paul disagreed, saying that Americans should not have to trade their Fourth Amendment rights for protections against terrorism.

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