Rand Paul, other conservatives file suit over NSA spying

The group alleges violation of constitutional rights

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Kentucky Senator Rand Paul and members of a libertarian group have filed a class-action lawsuit against the Obama administration over National Security Agency (NSA) data collection. The lawsuit joins several other lawsuits targeting the NSA.

Paul’s suit, filed in concert with conservative group FreedomWorks, alleges that the NSA’s bulk collection program, under which the agency has collected the telephone metadata of many Americans, violates the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution, which protects against unreasonable searches. The suit also names National Intelligence Director James Clapper, outgoing NSA Director Keith Alexander, and Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey. CNN reports the lawsuits’ plaintiffs and class members want a declaration that bulk metadata collection is unconstitutional, an end to it, and an order to purge stored data that’s related to plaintiffs and class members.

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