NSA surveillance program illegal: Zeese

Executive Director of Voters for Peace Kevin Zeese tells Press TV that the US National Security Agencyâ„¢s dragnet surveillance program is illegal.

Å“It seems illegal to me. Itâ„¢s a dragnet surveillance program with no probable cause, no warrants, it sounds like from the Obama administrationâ„¢s own commission internal review that the program is not very effective and so it is not needed and so I hope the courts will make the right decision,” he said on Saturday.

In an interview with Fox News on Friday, American Senator Rand Paul said he would file a lawsuit against the Obama administration over the NSAâ„¢s spying on the American people soon.

The Kentucky Republican urged everyone in the United States with a cellphone to join the suit against the administration.

Å“The question here is whether or not, constitutionally, you can have a single warrant apply to millions of people,” Paul said. Å“So we thought, what better way to illustrate the point than having hundreds of thousands of Americans sign up for a class action suit.”

The senator said that he began collecting signatures for the class-action lawsuit about six months ago.

Zeese said lower courts are divided on the issue and that the Supreme Court should decide on the constitutionality of the NSAâ„¢s surveillance program.

Å“There are a number of cases that have already been filed against the NSA spying program. We have an important decision in Washington DC already by a federal district court judge saying that the NSA spying is illegal and unconstitutional and that case is heading to the court of appeals,” he said.

Å“Iâ„¢m not sure that Rand Paul adds to that… it sounds like to me that this case is already moving to the court system,” he added.

A federal judge in New York has ruled that the NSAâ„¢s bulk collection of telephone records is legal.

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Source: Press TV