Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Sunday he’s looking to take the battle of the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs to the Supreme Court.
“I’m going to be seeing if I can challenge this at the Supreme Court level,” Paul said on “Fox News Sunday.” “I’m going to be asking all the Internet providers and all of the phone companies: Ask your customers to join me in a class action lawsuit. 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 bombshell report that the NSA collected bulk phone records from telecommunications company Verizon and the separate revelation about a secret government program to obtain intelligence information from major tech companies have ignited a firestorm of controversy.
Paul on Friday introduced legislation titled the “Fourth Amendment Restoration Act” designed to “stop the National Security Agency from spying on citizens of the United States and for other purposes.” The bill would require the federal government to obtain a warrant before searching Americans’ phone records.
“They’re looking at a billion phone calls a day, is what I read in the press, and that doesn’t sound to me like a modest invasion of primary, it sounds like an extraordinary invasion of privacy,” Paul said Sunday.
He drew a distinction between targeted surveillance of terrorists and wholesale monitoring of the American people, calling the latter “partly what our Founding Fathers fought the revolution over.”
Watch the clip below, via Mediaite: