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Rand Paul Recruits for a Class Action Against NSA

Sen. Rand Paul speaks at the Faith and Freedom Coalition Road to Majority Conference in Washington on June 13
Sen. Rand Paul speaks at the Faith and Freedom Coalition Road to Majority Conference in Washington on June 13Photograph by Charles Dharapak/AP Photo

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.