Rand Paul to file suit against Obama, intelligence officials today

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) will file a class action lawsuit this morning against President Barack Obama and intelligence officials over the National Security Agency’s domestic surveillance programs.

“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,” Paul said in a press release from RandPAC. “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.”

Paul has long contended that the controversy over the NSA’s surveillance programs, through which the intelligence agency collects phone metadata of innocent Americans, is a matter that will eventually have to be settled by the Supreme Court. His PAC began collecting signatures for the lawsuit in January.

In addition to President Obama, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, FBI Director James Comey, and Director of National Security Agency Keith Alexander will be named as respondents in the lawsuit.

Paul will file the lawsuit at United States District Court in Washington, D.C and will host a press conference in front of the courthouse at 11 am. The Kentucky senator will be joined by FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe and former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who will serve as lead counsel in the case.

“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,” Kibbe said, adding that FreedomWorks has joined the lawsuit on behalf of its 6 million members.

“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,” he added.

Some federal district courts have already looked at the issue, though the issue has not yet reached appellate or the Supreme Court, but the results have been mixed. In December, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon ruled that the NSA program was likely unconstitutional. Just days later, another federal court judge dismissed a legal challenge filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, relying on antiquated court precedent.

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