Rand Paul says he might sue government
June 9th, 2013
10:45 AM ET
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Rand Paul says he might sue government

Washington (CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, said Sunday he's looking into suing the federal government in the wake of what has been a tumultuous week for the Obama administration and National Security Agency.

"I'm going to be seeing if I can challenge this at the Supreme Court level. I'm going to be asking the Internet providers and all of the phone companies; ask your customers to join me in a class-action lawsuit," Paul said on FOX News Sunday.

"If we get 10 million Americans saying, 'We don't want our phone records looked at' then maybe someone will wake up and things will change in Washington."

The controversy began this week after multiple published reports said the NSA has been mining the phone and Internet records of both U.S. citizens and people around the world in a quest to prevent terrorist attacks.

President Obama addressed the issue Friday, saying the information gathered is extremely broad and that the government isn't monitoring the content of the data or people's names unless they have probable cause and a warrant.

But Paul said this data collection is by no means a modest invasion of privacy and in fact may even weaken America's counterterrorism operations.

"We are looking through so much data that I think it makes our fight against terrorism worse," Paul said.

In the end, Paul - known as a strong proponent of civil liberties - said this intelligence-gathering strategy is simply a step too far.

"I think the American people are with me and I think if you talk to young people who use computers on a daily basis, they are absolutely with me," Paul said.

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  1. Minnie Mouse

    Ron Paul would you rather have privacy or terrorists? Anyone who's on the internet knows that you have no privacy, let alone you don't even have any in your own back yard if your living in a subdivision. Use and enjoy the internet like everyone else is! So, if your elected president you don't want to protect the people of our country? We need this National Security in our country.

    June 10, 2013 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  2. sonnie3

    If our federal government is getting into to snooping on it,s people, It's is going to far.
    The obama line of thought is big government and total control
    Just look at the health care mess. IT'S MANDITORY, BY THE DEMOCRACTS THAT VOTED FOR IT
    What a disaster. Just another way to tax the middle class and give handouts to those who breed in captivity and don't have enough sense to go out and work and provide for them selves. The low information voters are the ones who support the entitlement programs that are growing fast and furious //

    June 10, 2013 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
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