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Senator Rand Paul sues Obama over NSA intel programme

Published on Feb 13, 2014 7:55 AM
US Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) holds up a group of cell phones in front of US District Court to announce the filing of a class action lawsuit against the administration of US President Obama, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, NSA Director Keith Alexander and FBI Director James Comey. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - United States (US) Senator Rand Paul filed suit on Wednesday against President Barack Obama and other officials in a bid to end the secret programme that scoops up telephone data on virtually all Americans.

The libertarian-leaning Paul, a potential 2016 presidential contender, said he and a prominent Tea Party group filed their "historic" civil action on behalf of "everyone in America that has a phone," in what he described as potentially the largest class-action lawsuit of its kind.

"There is a huge and growing swell of protest in the country of people who are outraged that their records would be taken without suspicion, without a judge's warrant and without individualisation," Mr Paul, holding up a mobile phone in each hand, told reporters outside the US District Court in Washington.

The suit alleges that the National Security Agency (NSA) is violating the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution by collecting so-called metadata on hundreds of millions of people.

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