Larry Klayman —former Justice Department prosecutor and General Counsel of FreedomWatch — has filed a federal class-action lawsuit against Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, NSA director Keith Alexander, the Department of Justice along with the twelve "complicit" companies named in a top-secret National Security Agency document leaked by Edward Snowden.
The lawsuit challenges the constitutionality of the highly controversial PRISM program, which according to the complaint, secretly gives government access to an "individual’s associations, speech, and public movements while revealing personal details about an individual’s familial, political, professional,religious, and intimate associations."
Here are the facts you need to know:
1. There Are Three Named Plantiffs in the $20 Billion Suit
Besides Larry Klayman, there are two other named plaintiffs in the class-action lawsuit filed Wednesday: Charles Strange, a Pennsylvania father whose son Michael, a Navy SEAL Team VI member, died in Afghanistan in 2011, and California private investigators Michael Ferrari and Matt Garrison.
Larry Klayman — a well known conservative — has been called "the fastest trigger finger in D.C. when it comes to filing legal briefs."
2. Twelve U.S Companies Are Being Sued
The Lawsuit targets those who have reportedly been involved in giving the government real-time access to their databases. This includes: Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Skype, YouTube, Apple, PalTalk, AOL, and Yahoo.The information the NSA receives in the surveillance and collection of stored communications include, E-mails, chat (video/voice), videos, photos, stored data, VoIP,file transfers, video conferencing, notification of target activity (i.e. logins, etc.), onlinesocial networking details, and other special requests. The CEO's of said companies (i.e Facebook's Mark Zuckerburg and Microsoft CEO Steven Ballmer) are also named in the document.
Each of the nine companies has denied knowledge of, or participation in, the PRISM program.
3. The Complaint States PRISM and the Companies Violate the Constitution
The document also mentions that Senator Rand Paul called the surveillance of Verizon phone records "' an 'astounding assault on the constitution'," and has called for a class action lawsuit such as this one."
In related news, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), together with the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), filed another lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in New York which claims that the National Security Agency's (NSA) surveillance violates the first and fourth amendments of the constitution.
4. This is the Second Class Act Over NSA's 'Privacy Abuse'
Larry Klayman already filed a 3 billion dollar class action with regard to the alleged government privacy abuse by the Obama administration and Verizon. The first suit names Larry Klayman and as well as two others who say the government has illegally spied on their Verizon accounts.
5. Klayman Has Issued a Fiery Statement About the Lawsuits
Klayman has accompanied the his two PRISM lawsuits with an aggressive statement statement:
This and the Verizon class action will serve to unify all political and social persuasions in our great nation to wage a second American revolution, one that is peaceful and legal – but pursued with great resolve and force. Government dishonesty and tyranny against the people have reached historic proportions during the last three administrations in particular, and the time has come for We the People to rise up and reclaim control of our nation. If not, the government will control us and this will mark the end of individual liberties. The American people can thus use these class actions to 'man the barricades of freedom' against the establishment government despots and their corporate enablers who seek to enslave them through coercive abuses of their privacy. This Orwellian power grab can only be intended to blackmail the masses into submission in order that these modern day greedy tyrants achieve their corrupt ends.
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