Larry Klayman files first NSA phone surveillance lawsuit

The suit names Verizon, Obama, Eric Holder and the NSA, among others

Published June 11, 2013 4:35PM (EDT)

Judicial Watch founder and sometimes birther Larry Klayman has filed the first lawsuit against the Obama administration, Verizon and intelligence officials over the NSA's domestic phone surveillance program.

David Kravets of Wired reports:

The suit names Larry Klayman, the former chairman of Judicial Watch, and two others who say the government has illegally spied on their Verizon accounts. The spy program, Klayman’s suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia claims, “violates the U.S. Constitution and also federal laws, including, but not limited to, the outrageous breach of privacy, freedom of speech, freedom of association, and the due process rights of American citizens.”

The suit names President Obama, Eric Holder, the Department of Justice, the NSA, Verizon and other officials as defendants in the case.

By Jillian Rayfield

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