Apple and its CEO Tim Cook are being targeted by a class action lawsuit stemming from alleged privacy violations resulting from the company’s “supposed” participation in the NSA’s PRISM intelligence program.
Both Apple and Tim Cook personally are being targeted by the suit, which was filed by a conservative activist and three others.
Apple, however, is in good company. President Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, NSA Director Keith Alexander, the NSA itself, the U.S. Department of Justice, Facebook, Google, YouTube, Microsoft, Skype, AOL, Yahoo, PalTalk, AT&T and Sprint are also named in the suit.
Each company’s CEO is named personally in the sweeping suit.
About the matter, Plaintiff Larry Klayman issued the following 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.
Although this is the first class action lawsuit we’ve seen since the PRISM scandal broke, it likely won’t be the last. Senator Rand Paul reportedly plans to file a lawsuit against the Obama administration as a ersult of these “unconstitutional” surveillance programs.