Sen. Rand Paul filed a class-action lawsuit Wednesday against the Obama administration for violating the privacy rights of millions of Americans.
Paul, the junior Republican senator from Kentucky, called it the largest class-action suit ever filed on behalf of the Bill of Rights.
He and FreedomWorks, the co-plaintiff in the case, have named President Obama, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and National Security Agency (NSA) Director Keith Alexander among the defendants.
Paul filed the suit as a private citizen, rather than on behalf of his constituents from the state of Kentucky, and the senator has hired former Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli to represent him in court. A judge has not been assigned to the case at this time, but is expected to be in the next few days.
14:53 // 6 months ago
Russia said its ally Syria would soon ship more chemical weapons abroad for destruction after being accused of dragging its feet, while activists said civilians in Aleppo were fleeing deadly barrel bomb raids by President Bashar al-Assad’s air force.
Moscow also said on Tuesday that the Syrian government would show up at a new round of peace talks next week, hoping to allay Western concerns over Assad’s commitment to negotiations which ended inconclusively in Geneva last week.
The diplomatic assurances come as government forces escalate their assault on Syria’s second city of Aleppo, using a near daily barrage of barrel bombs that some activists say is forcing residents to flee and slowly gaining ground for the president against rebel forces weakened by weeks of infighting.
Raise your hand if this actually makes you feel any better about the startlingly low percentage of chemical munitions that the Syrian government has actually surrendered to international forces since promising to do-so last year..
15:45 // 6 months ago