Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) has been talking about a class action lawsuit against the NSA and the Obama administration over the spy agency's collection of phone metadata and other collection activities.
The lawsuit was filed today in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, with Rand Paul and conservative group Freedom Works named as lead plaintiffs. The lawsuit is aimed at President Barack Obama, Director of National Security James Clapper, Director of the NSA Keith Alexander, and Director of the FBI James Comey Jr.
In it lawyers for the plaintiffs ask for an immediate injunction against the Mass Associational Tracking Program on the grounds that it violates the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, order plaintiffs to purge all data it has in its possession gathered through MATP, certify the lawsuit as a class, give plaintiffs' legal team security clearances to conduct an adequate discovery, award plaintiff legal and other fees associated to the case, and provide any monetary relief the court deems appropriate.
Senator Paul told reporters he was filing the lawsuit as an American citizen, and not as a sitting U.S. Senator at a press conference held outside the courthouse today. The lawsuit calls for an end to the government's "mass, suspicionless, non-particularized collection, storage, retention and search of telephone metadata," which the government says it has the authority to do under Section 215 of the Patriot Act.
You can check out the full court filing here.