Rand Paul’s Lawsuit Against the NSA

Reporting on Politics and Policy.
Feb. 12 2014 11:59 AM

Rand Paul’s Lawsuit Against the NSA

The modern period of Rand Paul, Republican leader, began on what was supposed to be a cold, snowswept day in D.C. Opponents of Paul remembered that—they claimed the media showed up to cover his drone filibuster because other news, and events, had been canceled. 

But if it works, work it. Today, the Kentucky senator filed the civil suit he'd been collecting signatures for via his RAND PAC. Alongside FreedomWorks, the libertarian Tea Party group, and represented by former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, Paul revealed his class-action complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief. It asked the U.S. District Court in D.C. to "declare that the Mass Associational Tracking Program violates the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution" and order the state to "purge ... all of the telepohone metadata collected, stored, retained and searched about Plaintiffs and class members." The picture above shows maybe one-fourth of the media that showed up, and doesn't even show the British reporters who wanted this senator to weigh in on that country's spying scandal.


The lawsuit is readable here.

(Photo by me)

David Weigel is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics


The World

The Budget Disaster that Sabotaged the WHO’s Response to Ebola

How Movies Like Contagion and Outbreak Distort Our Response to Real Epidemics

PowerPoint Is the Worst, and Now It’s the Latest Way to Hack Into Your Computer

Everything You Should Know About Today’s Eclipse

An Unscientific Ranking of Really, Really Old German Beers


Welcome to 13th Grade!

Some high schools are offering a fifth year. That’s a great idea.


The Actual World

“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.

Want Kids to Delay Sex? Let Planned Parenthood Teach Them Sex Ed.

The Shooting Tragedies That Forged Canada’s Gun Politics

  News & Politics
The World
Oct. 22 2014 2:05 PM Paul Farmer Says Up to Ninety Percent of Those Infected Should Survive Ebola. Is He Right?
Business Insider
Oct. 22 2014 2:27 PM Facebook Made $595 Million in the U.K. Last Year. It Paid $0 in Taxes
Lexicon Valley
Oct. 23 2014 10:30 AM Which Came First, the Word Chicken or the Word Egg?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 23 2014 8:51 AM The Male-Dominated Culture of Business in Tech Is Not Great for Women
  Slate Plus
Oct. 23 2014 11:28 AM Slate’s Working Podcast: Episode 2 Transcript Read what David Plotz asked Dr. Meri Kolbrener about her workday.
Oct. 23 2014 11:08 AM Seeing the Familiar in Black and White
Future Tense
Oct. 22 2014 2:59 PM Netizen Report: Twitter Users Under Fire in Mexico, Venezuela, Turkey
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Oct. 23 2014 7:30 AM Our Solar System and Galaxy … Seen by an Astronaut
Sports Nut
Oct. 20 2014 5:09 PM Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.