By JERRY HOFFMAN
The Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures and requires any warrant to be sanctioned by a judge with the support of probable cause.
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul released a YouTube video on Feb. 10, comparing today’s government surveillance to the warrantless searches practiced by the British Military prior to the revolutionary War and American independence.
“The lesson of the American Revolution was that this should never happen again, and yet the NSA’s data collection program is the modern equivalent of this practice,” said Paul. “Paul Revere rode through the streets to tell us the British were coming, not the Americans are coming.”
The lawsuit being filed by the senator has James Clapper, director of National Intelligence, Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency, James Comey, FBI director and President Obama as defendants.
“We have assembled a legal team and we expect to be opposed by the vast resources of the federal government,” said Paul. “I am optimistic that we will prevail, because we are seeking to protect a corner- stone of the Constitution.”
Throughout his entire political career, Paul has made civil liberties of the American people one of his main concerns. This lawsuit will most likely help Paul’s chances at reelection for the 2016 term, or potentially a presidential bid if he intends to aim even higher. When asked about reelection for the 2016 term, Paul ignored the question by saying, “We’re talking about the court case, not politics.” The lawsuit was filed by Paul at 11 a.m. on Feb. 11. Paul filed the lawsuit as a private U.S. citizen at the Washington D.C. District Court.