Thursday, January 9, 2014

Rand Paul’s NSA Lawsuit May Already Be Won

Rand Paul’s NSA Lawsuit May Already Be Won

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., announced Friday he is moving ahead with plans to file a class-action lawsuit against the National Security Agency.

If Paul files his constitutional challenge in Washington, D.C., it’s possible the lawsuit will be considered “in tandem” with an existing lawsuit filed by Freedom Watch founder Larry Klayman.

Klayman filed the first class-action lawsuit against the NSA’s bulk phone record collection after Edward Snowden’s leaks in June. He also filed a class-action lawsuit challenging the NSA’s PRISM Internet program.

U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon awarded Klayman a preliminary injunction against the phone program Dec. 16, but stayed implementation pending appeal. The “almost Orwellian” program “almost certainly” violates Americans’ Fourth Amendment rights, Leon ruled.