Rand Paul to Officially File Suit Against Obama, NSA, FBI, Others, Tomorrow


Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has been talking about a potential lawsuit over illegal surveillance for months–see Reason's previous coverage–and tomorrow it becomes real, according to a press release at RandPac's site:

On February 12, 2014, Rand Paul will join Matt Kibbe, President of FreedomWorks, and lead counsel Ken Cuccinelli in announcing a class action lawsuit against President Barack Obama, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Director of National Security Agency Keith Alexander and FBI Director, James Comey….

Rand Paul stated: "I am filing a lawsuit against President Barack Obama because he has publicly refused to stop a clear and continuing violation of the 4th Amendment. The Bill of Rights protects all citizens from general warrants. I expect this case to go all the way to the Supreme Court and I predict the American people will win."

Matt Kibbe added "This class action suit isn't about Republican versus Democrat, or progressive versus conservative. This is about defending the basic civil liberties of every American from a government that has crossed the line. FreedomWorks is participating in this suit on behalf of our community of 6 million citizens nationwide, along with any American who has a phone. If you use a phone, you should care about this case. Never in American history has there been such a warrantless gathering of citizens information. We believe it is time to put this before the courts. "

The filing parties are holding a press conference on the matter tomorrow at 11 a.m. eastern. Scott Shackford blogged earlier today on today's "Day We Fight Back" against surveillance, complete with Rand Paul video. The fight gets rougher tomorrow.