WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sen. Rand Paul held a press conference today to announce his intent to pursue legal action against the National Security Agency’s vast overreach of power as it relates to telecommunication privacy and government surveillance. Various legal options are currently being explored and legal action will be announced in the next few weeks.
“The fourth amendment states clearly that warrants must be specific to the person and the place. A court order that allows the government to obtain a billion records a day and does not name an individual target is clearly beyond the scope of the fourth amendment. So far we have over 250,000 people who have signed up to challenge the constitutionality of the generalized warrants. If anyone with a cellphone wants to be part of the lawsuit they should go to RandPac.com” Sen. Paul said.
Sen. Paul was joined by Representatives Mick Mulvaney (R-SC), Justin Amash (R-MI), Thomas Massie (R-KY.), Louie Gohmert (R-TX) and Mark Sanford (R-SC), as well as representatives from the American Civil Liberties Union, FreedomWorks, the Electronic Privacy Information Center, Campaign For Liberty and Constitutional scholar Bruce Fein.