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Rand Paul says he will pursue legal action against government surveillance

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- Kentucky Senator Rand Paul says he will pursue legal action against what he calls the National Security Agency's "overreach of power" regarding phone privacy and government surveillance.

The exact nature of the legal action is expected to be announced within the next few weeks.

Paul says a court order allowing the government to find a billion records a day without naming someone specific is against the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution.  That amendment reads, "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

Sen. Paul explains, "The fourth amendment states clearly that warrants must be specific to the person and the place."  He says anyone with a cell phone wanting to be part of the lawsuit should go to www.Randpac.com.

Also on Thursday, FBI Director Robert Mueller defended the government collecting millions of phone records, email, and other information.  He said that was vital to the nation's security.

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