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February 12th, 2014
10:11 AM ET

Rand Paul to sue Obama administration over NSA

(CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul will sue President Barack Obama and top officials in the National Security Agency over surveillance.

Paul's political action committee, RandPAC, announced plans by the Kentucky senator and potential 2016 presidential candidate to file a class-action challenge on Wednesday.

Paul, the tea party-aligned conservative group FreedomWorks, and former Attorney General of Virginia Ken Cuccinelli will go to a federal courthouse this morning to file a class action lawsuit against the Obama administration, asking the administration to halt the metadata collection program.

The "(p)laintiffs and class members seek a declaration that the Mass Associational Tracking Program is unconstitutional, an injunction forbidding the government from continuing the MATP, and an order to the Defendants to purge from its MATP databases all of the telephone metadata related to the communications of Plaintiffs and class members," says the lawsuit, obtained by CNN.

"(The) bulk metadata collection program, as we've said previously we believe the program as it exists is lawful. Indeed, it has been found to be lawful by multiple courts. And it receives oversight from all three branches of government, including the Congress," National Security Council spokesperson Caitlin Hayden told CNN in an e-mail.

"“More generally, the President believes that we should to take steps to give the American more confidence that their privacy and civil liberties are being safeguarded," Hayden wrote.

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