When multiple outlets broke news this week regarding the U.S. government tapping into essentially every means of communication that citizens employ, everyone knew that libertarian-leaning politicians like Rand Paul would have a field day with the stories. And while Paul has certainly been vocal on the matter over the past few days, it wasn’t until Sunday that he finally got a national platform to offer his take.
Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Paul pledged that he would take legal action against the National Security Agency (NSA) for their intrusion on everyday citizens.
“I’m going to be seeing if I can challenge this at the Supreme Court level,” Paul said, per Mediaite.
“I’m going to be asking all the internet providers and all of the phone companies: ask your customers to join me in a class action lawsuit,” he promised. “If we get ten million Americans saying we don’t want our phone records looked at, then maybe someone will wake up and something will change in Washington.”
Paul was quick to note that he understood the importance of protecting America from terrorist threats. He simply feels as though what the government is currently doing is overreach, and goes beyond what is necessary.
“I have no problem if you have probable cause, you target people who are terrorists, and you go after them,” Paul said “But we’re talking about trolling through billions of phone records…That is unconstitutional.”
You can check out Paul’s entire take on the matter in the video below.