Written by News 1st
13 Feb, 2014 | 8:27 am
Rand Paul v. Barack H. Obama.
That’s the name of a lawsuit the Kentucky senator announced Wednesday against President Barack Obama and national security officials over government surveillance.
“We don’t do this out of disrespect to anyone we do this out of respect to the Constitution,” Paul said at a news conference.
Paul’s class-action suit, filed in federal court in Washington, was spurred by Edward Snowden’s public disclosure last year that the National Security Agency had gathered information on nearly every telephone call made in the United States since 2006.
At a news conference, Paul called the legal challenge “an important first step” to ending the program that sweeps up numbers and other information known as metadata.
With the suit, the son of Libertarian hero Ron Paul, who captured the hearts and minds of millions during his two presidential campaigns in 2008 and 2012, is rounding out his political persona through his Libertarian roots and adding another spoonful of political savvy.
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