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February 11, 2014 - 1:24 pm

Rand Paul’s political action committee just announced that the Kentucky senator is suing President Obama.

Paul will file his lawsuit on Wednesday morning at the U.S. District Court in D.C., joined by former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and FreedomWorks president Matt Kibbe.

The class-action lawsuit will be filed against Obama, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Director of the National Security Agency Keith Alexander and FBI Director James Comey.

The complaint? “I am filing a lawsuit against President Barack Obama because he has publicly refused to stop a clear and continuing violation of the 4th Amendment,” Paul said in a statement. “The Bill of Rights protects all citizens from general warrants. I expect this case to go all the way to the Supreme Court and I predict the American people will win.”

Cuccinelli, acting as lead counsel, said he’s “excited” about the opportunity “to get the courts to affirm the rights protected by the 4th Amendment to the Constitution.”

“We have assembled a legal team and we expect to be opposed by the vast resources of the federal government, yet I am optimistic that we will prevail, because we are seeking to protect a cornerstone of the Constitution,” added Cuccinelli, who was defeated in the Virginia governor’s race last fall by Terry McAuliffe.

“This class action suit isn’t about Republican versus Democrat, or progressive versus conservative. This is about defending the basic civil liberties of every American from a government that has crossed the line. FreedomWorks is participating in this suit on behalf of our community of 6 million citizens nationwide, along with any American who has a phone,” Kibbe said. “If you use a phone, you should care about this case. Never in American history has there been such a warrantless gathering of citizens information. We believe it is time to put this before the courts. ”

Paul, Cuccinelli and Kibbe are expected to discuss their case in greater detail on the steps of the courthouse tomorrow after filing the lawsuit.

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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They can quit passing continuing resolutions and they can quit funding agencies. They can also write bills providing for the immediate termination without benefits of anyone found to be acting illegally or pleading the fifth in an oversight hearing.
23 weeks ago
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I believe that Rand has just announced that he's running for President on the "I'm playing hardball" ticket.

It's about damn time someone somewhere on our side started playing hardball. The other side's been at it since Karl Marx was in short pants.

Good for you, Rand. Keep it up.
24 weeks ago
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Impeachment-lite.

Congress should walk out in symbolic protest. If they aren't necessary, then why show up?

All that's left to stand between dictatorship and civil war...are symbolic grand gestures.

The left doesn't care about the country, they are a den of traitors. The Republican Party has the Ministry of Stern Notes and Feeble Protests.

And the people?

Who cares!
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If Rand "look at me!" Paul was serious he would call for impeachment. ut is good good to see the Cooch focused on something other than social issues; there may be a future for him yet!
23 weeks ago
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Yeah, Karl, that's real serious.

Paul calls for impeachment, the House impeaches; it goes to the Senate, and nothing happens. Real, real serious
23 weeks ago
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To those who are criticizing Paul (and Issa):

Why is it that so many people are willing to trash the few men who are actually doing something because it is felt they aren't doing enough?

Issa uses the powers at his disposal. He is not Speaker of the House.

Paul uses the powers of his disposal. He is not the Senate Majority Leader.

Most of us here acknowledge that a large portion of our electorate is asleep, and that the media is busy chanting soothing lullabys to keep it that way. How do we wake up our electorate? No one is sure, but holding Congressional hearings on issues that the media ignores, and suing the President are reasonable attempts!

All of you so-called "Patriots" who are busy "saving the country" by criticizing men who actually have some skin in the game, you need to take a look in the mirror and ask some questions. What are you sacrificing? Are you putting your shoulder into the task, or standing off to the side making snide and sarcastic comments while better men than you put their shoulder into the task? If you are criticizing the fighters, while sitting idle, you are a pathetic failure. Just sit quietly while better men fight for your liberty.

For those who are grateful for men and women of courage and character, I ask you to take a look and see what can be done to help them. Are you following them on twitter/FB? Are you signed up for email contact? Do you make calls/emails/tweets on their behalf? Do you volunteer in support of their cause? Show up at rallies? Do you make contributions? If you are already helping, can you ramp it up a bit more, somewhere? These people are flesh and blood, and feel discouragement and weakness just like everyone else. They also will feel empowered and emboldened if we help them!

None of us can address every issue, or help in every way, but we can all put our shoulder to the wheel in some form or fashion. Organizations and people who have courage and are taking aggressive actions are:
Allen West
Ben Carson
Bill Whittle
Rand Paul
Darrell Issa
Sarah Palin
Catherine Engelbrecht
True The Vote
American Center for Law and Justice
Liberty Counsel
Christians United for Israel
Tea Party Patriots
NumbersUSA
Capitol Resource Institute (in California)
Here on PJM I would include:
Andrew McCarthy
David Goldman
Victor Davis Hanson
Bryan Preston
Bridget Johnson
Paula Bolyard
This is my list. What is yours?

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23 weeks ago
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STANDING OVATION!!!

23 weeks ago
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The FBI, and other law enforcement agencies, have longstanding polices supported by relevant statutes and case law as to how surveillance may be conducted from aircraft. Drones are no different except that they are unmanned, are quieter and can perhaps loiter for a longer duration. Why did that require a 13 hour filibuster?

The reason is, that a simple exchange of letters w/the Bureau to confirm the common understanding of this matter would not have brought the contributions in to Paul from the Alex Jones fans.
23 weeks ago
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New MarcH
You are absolutely wrong and you are talking outside of your expertise.
Drones are not covered by long standing statutes and case law. What you said is FALSE.

Surveillance has always been about a presumption of some sort of illegal activity. Drone surveillance is about observing and recording and reporting citizens where there is no prior reasonable presumption of guilt.

Further, manned law enforcement aircraft have never been used for surveillance of one particular area, or orbit, on a constant or even irregular basis. Drones, by their nature and design, operate in routine orbits and patrols. It is not the same as manned aircraft. An analogy would be a city with police cars that patrol where needed, responding to violations of the law, as opposed to drone cars which circle your block/neighborhood on a continuous basis. They are not responding, they are conducting surveillance.

Essentially, this is a new technology and it is being used to conduct law enforcement in a new way.

Finally, on a practical level, the FAA has only recently addressed the issue of unmanned aircraft, particularly in extended orbits. It is an airspace issue, a flight clearance issue, a radio communications issue, a technology issue, and a policy issue.

Therefore if you don’t like Rand Paul, that is fine. If you don’t have libertarian values, that is fine. If you don’t like filibusters, that is fine. If you don’t mind being under constant government surveillance, or if you believe that it provides us more liberty than it threatens, that is also your right to state. It is not your right however to say things that are not true.
23 weeks ago
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Well said!

23 weeks ago
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He should be adding in TSA unconstitutional search and seizure as well.
23 weeks ago
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Hey, Senator Paul, how about suing the SOB for violating the Constitution every f**king day and changing laws that he doesn't like or care about as well as ignoring others instead of going after him because of my telephone conversations? I think what you are doing is called not seeing the forest for the trees!
23 weeks ago
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I just wanna know, what's my share of the punitive damages?
23 weeks ago
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If the courts uphold the constitution, especially amendment 10, he will win. But the courts have consistently voted to increase their own power. Nothing can be accomplished in the courts until congress impeaches some judges.
23 weeks ago
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I'm gonna send that man a box of Snickers.
23 weeks ago
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Rand Paul should also sue John Boehner who is so derelict in his duty that not only should he be sued but all his ancestors going back a thousand years should be named as co-defendents.
24 weeks ago
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I think this is much more important than anyone can imagine. My prayers are with all involved in this effort.
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