It’s been a week since the Guardian newspaper revealed, through documents leaked by a whistleblower, that the National Security Agency was sweeping up records of phone calls between U.S. citizens. Already, the lawyers are pouncing.
Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) wants the customers of cell carriers Verizon Wireless, AT&T, and Sprint Nextel to bring a class action against the NSA. On Tuesday, the American Civil Liberties Union sued the Obama Administration, demanding that a judge stop the NSA’s surveillance program and purge the call logs caught up in the sweep. The U.S. has also launched a criminal probe into the leaks by Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor who disclosed details about the secret programs.