Rand Paul Threatens To Sue The Feds For Using The NSA To Watch Citizens

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Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is planning a class action suit against the Federal government to end the National Security Administration’s (NSA) broad surveillance of citizens’ phone metadata and computer habits via compulsory, court-ordered secret “agreements” with phone and computer companies.

Speaking on FOX News Sunday, Paul told Chris Wallace that he plans to enlist the Nation’s major telecommunications companies as plaintiffs, as well as millions of Americans angry at the Administration of President Barack Obama for lying about his campaign promise to end the George W. Bush White House’s expansion of big-government secrecy and intrusiveness.

 

“I’m going to be asking all the Internet providers and all of the phone companies: Ask your customers to join me in a class action lawsuit,” said Paul. “If we get 10 million Americans saying we don’t want our phone records looked at, then maybe someone will wake up and something will change in Washington….[It] doesn’t look like a modest invasion of privacy… I have no problem if you have probable cause … but we’re talking about trolling through a billion phone records a day.”

Late last week, Paul also introduced the Fourth Amendment Restoration Act of 2013 before Congress, a piece of legislation that declaring that “the Fourth Amendment shall not be construed to allow any agency of the United States government to search the phone records of Americans without a warrant based on probable cause.”

Although Paul did not go into much detail on TV about the possible lawsuit, the plaintiff class would presumably consist of phone customers whose cellular service is handled by Verizon and other major carriers that the government has been monitoring.

It would likely also include an enormous number of Americans whose online privacy has been violated through PRISM, the NSA’s carte-blanche, secret surveillance program The Guardian exposed on Friday, after a whistle-blower shared classified documents revealing its existence, as well as the scope of its ambition.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

  • Vigilant

    And I thought the Federal Government could not be sued.

    • Charlie

      Normally a “Jurisdiction” cannot sue itself ,,,BUT,,,America has 2 “Jurisdictions”,,,do you know what they are???

      • Vigilant

        You obviously have me confused with someone who gives a damn.

        And don’t start in on that de facto and de jure nonsense.

        • Charlie

          Your the one that wrote a “Thought” that needed a little light,,,BUT,,,go back into your dog house and bark at the moon tonight…………………………………..

  • chocopot

    It’s very hard to create a totalitarian dictatorship as Obama is working very hard to do if the citizens have freedom of action and communciation. We need to end this now or…

  • Phillip Maine

    It is a shame that we know have to sue the government to get it to obey the Constitution it is sworn to protect.

  • CatGman

    The hard part about suing the Feds will be getting one part of government to hold the other part accountable. Will it happen? No. It will not. The Feds are above the law.

    • TIME

      Dear People,

      The hard part is ~ when will you wake up and understand YOU don’t have a “GOVERNMNET.”

      What you have is a “Corporation” known as the _ “United States”

      Yes, you can sue a Corporation for damages ~ as well as for the acts commited by the noted Corporation.

      Saddly your all part of this corporation, ~ thus you will also be party to the suit. As in your just as guilty as what you call the Government.

      Americans don’t insist on proper answers ro their questions, as well you rely on flawed intel.
      People, ~ its way too late as the game is too far a foot ~ Thus what is coming you have all aksed for.
      We all acquiesce to the game by not keep an eye on the cash register, let alone the now total removal of GOD from our culture thus the rise of the MAN GOD. of whom you now have sitting in the WH.
      Get ready people and get right with the Christ ~ or your toast all the way.
      Peace and Love, Shalom

      • Charlie

        Time,,,
        I love the way many on this site keep whinning about the problems that have been going on for at least 100 years ,,,BUT,,,fail to tell ,in details HOW to and what to do FIRST!!!
        For example,,,who is this Christ you write of ? is that King Jesus Christ ? as written of in The Holy Bible??? at least 50 % of American males, know little to nothing about The Holy Bible of The Almighty God of Abraham , Isaac and Jacob Israel …. The Scripture that will make one a “Christian”,,,IF,,,they know it AND understand it AND,,, apply it to their life,,,IS Acts 2:38,,,without Acts 2:38 , you may NOT be what you think you are…………….

        • TIME

          Dear Charlie,

          The Christ of whom I speak of – is, “Jesus Christ,”

          I understand your point on Acts 2:38

          Peace and Love my Brother
          PS: As to how to fix the problems this nation has, I fear its way past the point of return.

          • Charlie

            Notice at Matthew 21:5, King Jesus Christ, calls Himself King, Many places in Matthew 25, 26, 27,,,King Jesus Christ is pointed to as “King”… Mark , points Him out as “”King””,,,Luke 23 point Him as King… John 12 point Him as “King”…Acts 17, points Him as King… Paul said He is King of kings… The First 2 “Orders” from King Jesus Christ are at Matthew 6:33… Get use to it,,,ALL Militia Leaders have “”Rank””,,,Military discipline demands respect for “Rank”… King Jesus Christ ,,,IS,,, God,,,AND,,, “Commander” of The American Militia… IF?,,,America is ever taken back ,,,it WILL be under The Command of King Jesus Christ AND His Men…
            That’s why Acts 2:38 MUST be understood and accomplished ,,,BECAUSE,,,a very Ranking Man spoke The “Order” see the delegation of that “Rank” at Matthew 16:19…………. It’s The King’s way or it’s Luke 19:27… Meanwhile…. Praise King Jesus for Salvation and Healing… Acts 2:38 IS salvation…
            Charlie Freedom

      • CatGman

        Time, I am well aware of what took place in the 1870’s.The fact remains however, that this “corporation” is governing us. The fact that I will be “party to the suit” doesn,t mean jack. What will I actually lose? Nothing.

  • Dave

    Paul is so uneducated here… How do you think the big telecoms got their bandwidth? They petition the FCC to create auctions of spectrum and who wins an auction boys and girls? The bidder with the deepest wallet… Who has the deepest wallet? Verizon, AT&T, Sprint etc.
    Paul is playing to his base, all bluster….He isn’t going to get anyone on the major telecom side or internet provider to go along with this.
    What needs to happen is a GOP and Dems need to be voted out and replaced with people who pledge to get big corp money out of the political process.

    • MeMyselfandI

      I think that idea has been talked about for too long now. Didn’t I hear it during the last 2 elections? Evidently, not enough decent people have the stomach to play with the big boys anymore.