by Robert Maynard
When it comes to domestic spying on American citizens by the National Security Agency, Rand Paul is not content to simply wait on congressional investigations into the matter. He sees the possible violation of our Fourth Amendment rights to be serious enough so as to warrant a Supreme Court challenge. The full story can be found at the National Review Online. Here is an excerpt:
Kentucky senator Rand Paul announced this morning that he plans to challenge the National Security Agency’s powers in the Supreme Court through a class-action lawsuit.
”I’m going to be asking all of the Internet providers, all of the phone companies, to ask your customers to join me in a class-action lawsuit. If we get 10 million Americans saying we don’t want our phone records looked at, then maybe things will change in Washington,” Paul told Fox News’s Chris Wallace.
Earlier this week, The Guardian reported that NSA is accessing the central computer servers of major U.S. Internet companies and extracting e-mail as well as audio and video chats, among other other material. The NSA has also directed Verizon to provide data on all its customers’ phone calls.