Thursday, February 13

Rand Paul v Barack Obama: a class action

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul announced a lawsuit on Wednesday against President Barack Obama and national security officials over government surveillance. Senator Paul's lawsuit is in response to Edward Snowden's public disclosures on NSA information gathering on land-line and cellular based phone calls made in the United States since 2006. The suit claims that the Patriot Act related collections violates the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution, which protects against unreasonable searches.

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The class-action law suit was filed in federal court in DC on Wednesday.

The suit names Rand Paul and FreedomWorks, Inc. as platiffs and President Barack Obama, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Director of the National Security Agency Lt. General Keith Alexander and Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation James Comey Jr.

Oddly the suit doesn't name former President George W. Bush or the Bush administration that put the Patriot Act in place.

The complaint reads:

CLASS ACTION COMPLAINT FOR DECLARATORY AND INJUNCTIVE RELIEF

Plaintiffs, on behalf of themselves and all other similarly situated United States citizens or permanent residents who are or have been customers, users, or subscribers of phone service in the United States since 2006, bring this action for declaratory and injunctive relief against Defendants' mass, suspisionless, non-particularized collection, storage, retention, and search of telephone metadata related to every domestic or international phone call made or received by Plantiffs and class members (hereinafter "Mass Associational Tracking Program" or "MATP") under the auspices of Section 215 of the Patriot Act, 50 U.S.C. ss 1861, in violation of the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution. Plantiffs and class members seek a declaration the the Mass Associational Tracking Program is unconstitutional, an injunction forbidding the government from continuing the MATP, and an order to the Defendants to purge from its MATP databases all of the telephone metadata related to the communications of Plantiffs and class members.

Read the suit here

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