Rand Paul Will Sue Obama Over the NSA

So says his PAC. And Ken Cuccinelli is on board.

National Journal
Dustin Volz and Matt Berman
Feb. 11, 2014, 11:25 a.m.

Here comes some fun. Sen. Rand Paul will join a law­suit against Pres­id­ent Obama, Na­tion­al In­tel­li­gence Dir­ect­or James Clap­per, FBI Dir­ect­or James Comey, and NSA Dir­ect­or Keith Al­ex­an­der. The suit, Paul says, is be­cause Obama “has pub­licly re­fused to stop a clear and con­tinu­ing vi­ol­a­tion of the Fourth 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.”

The Ken­tucky Re­pub­lic­an is join­ing a suit from Freedom­Works Pres­id­ent Matt Kibbe. And to just round out the group, the lead coun­sel is Ken Cuc­cinelli, former Vir­gin­ia at­tor­ney gen­er­al and Re­pub­lic­an gubernat­ori­al can­did­ate. In the press re­lease from Rand­Pac, Cuc­cinelli says that “we ex­pect to be op­posed by the vast re­sources of the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment, yet I am op­tim­ist­ic that we will pre­vail.”

Paul will join the suit of­fi­cially on Wed­nes­day. After the fil­ing, he’ll hold a press­er in front of the court­house with Cuc­cinelli and Kibbe. That’s sched­uled for 11 a.m.

Paul has been threat­en­ing for months to file a law­suit against the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion for what he calls its un­con­sti­tu­tion­al use of sweep­ing sur­veil­lance pro­grams housed at the Na­tion­al Se­cur­ity Agency. Last month he of­fi­cially an­nounced his plans to carry through with his suit, act­ing on rev­el­a­tions about the NSA’s spy pro­grams that began sur­fa­cing last June from Ed­ward Snowden.

Paul’s class-ac­tion suit has ac­crued hun­dreds of thou­sands of sig­na­tures via his web­site, though some have poin­ted out that the list will likely double as a sup­port­er data­base for fu­ture polit­ic­al as­pir­a­tions, which may in­clude a run for the White House in 2016.