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US lawmaker sues Obama over NSA data collection

Washington: A US lawmaker Wednesday officially filed his class-action lawsuit against the Obama administration over National Security Agency (NSA) data collection, joining with two prominent tea party leaders to make the announcement.Rand Paul, a Republican

IANS [ Updated: February 13, 2014 9:03 IST ]
us lawmaker sues obama over nsa data collection
us lawmaker sues obama over nsa data collection

Washington: A US lawmaker Wednesday officially filed his class-action lawsuit against the Obama administration over National Security Agency (NSA) data collection, joining with two prominent tea party leaders to make the announcement.


Rand Paul, a Republican senator from Kentucky, inveighed against NSA surveillance and promised a "historic" lawsuit. He and his allies hope to take the case, which focuses on the NSA's gathering of telephone metadata, to the Supreme Court, Xinhua reported.

The suit challenges US President Barack Obama, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and NSA Director Keith Alexander.

There's a huge and growing swell of protest in this country of people who are outraged that their records are being taken without suspicion, without a judge's warrant and without individualisation, Paul told reporters at press conference.

Ken Cuccinelli, Virginia's former attorney general, is serving as lead counsel for the case. Paul was also joined by Matt Kibbe, the president and CEO of the tea party-tied group FreedomWorks. The men stressed they wanted to make sure the NSA was not going beyond the boundaries of the constitution.

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