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RNC Passes Resolution Condemning NSA Spying

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Republican National Committee

The RNC has passed a resolution relating to NSA surveillance which outlines the following encouragements:

RESOLVED, the Republican National Committee encourages Republican lawmakers to enact legislation to amend Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act, the state secrets privilege, and the FISA Amendments Act to make it clear that blanket surveillance of the Internet activity, phone records and correspondence — electronic, physical, and otherwise — of any person residing in the U.S. is prohibited by law and that violations can be reviewed in adversarial proceedings before a public court;

RESOLVED, the Republican National Committee encourages Republican lawmakers to call for a special committee to investigate, report, and reveal to the public the extent of this domestic spying and the committee should create specific recommendations for legal and regulatory reform ot end unconstitutional surveillance as well as hold accountable those public officials who are found to be responsible for this unconstitutional surveillance; and

RESOLVED, the Republican National Committee encourages Republican lawmakers to immediately take action to halt current unconstitutional surveillance programs and provide a full public accounting of the NSA's data collection programs.

According to MSNBC, "Not a single member rose to object or call for further debate, as occurred for other resolutions."

The news comes a day after the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board released its report on the NSA's collection of telephone data. Three of the five members of the board said that the NSA's telephone data collection program is illegal. The report's executive summary states that the program has also not helped prevent any terrorist attacks:

Based on the information provided to the Board, including classified briefings and documentation, we have not identified a single instance involving a threat to the United States in which the program made a concrete difference in the outcome of a counterterrorism investigation. Moreover, we are aware of no instance in which the program directly contributed to the discovery of a previously unknown terrorist plot or the disruption of a terrorist attack.

Earlier this week, I wrote about a recent Pew/USA Today poll that highlighted, among other things, that the GOP is divided when it comes to the NSA. Among those who consider themselves Republican or Republican-leaning and associate with the Tea Party 68 percent disapprove of the NSA's collection of phone and Internet data. Among those who consider themselves Republic or Republican-leaning but not party of the Tea Party the collection has 52 percent disapproval.

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While it is good to see the RNC passing a resolution condemning the NSA's outrageous behavior, some Republican legislators in Washington, D.C. are strong defenders of the NSA's data collection. Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) and Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) are among the most prominent Republican supporters of the NSA's activities. King has gone so far as to say that the NSA should spy on members of Congress, and has said that Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), one of the Republican lawmakers who has been critical of the NSA, is either "totally uninformed" or part of the so-called "hate America crowd."

Rep. Rogers has said that NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden, who he calls a traitor, may have had help from the Russians in leaking confidential information.

MSNBC notes that the passing of the RNC's resolution "is a sign of the increasing influence of the libertarian wing of the party, especially supporters of Ron Paul and his son, Rand Paul, who have made government overreach in pursuit of terrorists a top issue."

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  1. MSNBC notes that the passing of the RNC’s resolution “is a sign of the increasing influence of the libertarian wing of the party, especially supporters of Ron Paul and his son, Rand Paul, who have made government overreach in pursuit of terrorists a top issue.”

    Suck on that, Chris Christie!

    1. MSNBC notes that the passing of the RNC’s resolution “is a sign of the increasing influence of the libertarian wing of the party

      Racists! How dare the disciples of Rand oppose Obama’s spying! Racists! Racists all of them!

      1. Even the stupid party can tell which way the wind blows. Maybe I am optimistic. But I think the general opinion of the voters must be really against this for even the GOP to be smart enough to realize it.

        And even if it is not. Them this doing this is going to make wonderful trolling material. Hey Progs, the RNC now protects your privacy more than the Black Jesus.

    2. Now, now. No prison jokes until proven guilty!

  2. Why is McCain and his toady, Graham, being so quiet? Is it because McCain is so senile that he can’t remember what the subject is and Graham is hiding in fear of a primary?

    1. I think the NSA and or Obama did something to disrespect McCain. For McCain it is all about ego. As for the rest of them, they just see witch way the wind is blowing.

    2. I hope one of the RNC money bags had a salty conversation that went something like, “Listen, John, you had your shot and you fucked up. If you want to be Chair of the Foreign Relations or Senate Intel Committee you will by God shut the fuck up and tow the party lion right to the smallest jot and tittle or I will make sure you get fucked on seniority.”

      1. I would imagine the big tech companies are like every other big company and buy off both sides. And the tech companies have rightly figured out that they can’t compete if buying American means letting the NSA listen in on everything you do.

  3. MSNBC. That is precious.

    1. Rest assured that when MSNBC says “is a sign of the increasing influence of the libertarian wing of the party”, they are not implying that is a good thing.

      1. The New Republic and the Center for American Progress blog both soiled themselves this week denouncing libertarian led coalitions against the NSA. The libertarians it seems would undo the New Deal and federally funded jobs for academic leftovers if they continue calling for a reinvigorated Bill of Rights.

    2. I’m sure they went on to re-assure their viewers that this is just an empty partisan gesture to smear the God-King, as well as remind them that any libertarian leaning Repubs such as Rand Paul who do honestly oppose the NSA on principle are still horrible racisty racists who should be the subject of scorn because they’re otherwise worse than Hitler.

      1. Maybe someone will need to do a study showing the NSA has a disparate impact on one gender or ethnic group for MsNBC to care.

  4. Expiration date on this: When the GOP gets competitive in presidential elections again. I know there are a few Rs who adhere to principle on this issue, but not the party.

    1. Unless the younger ones actually replace the old guard.

  5. King has gone so far as to say that the NSA should spy on members of Congress

    Petey should be careful what he asks for. Or does he honestly believe that he can keep his predisposition towards sheep fucking (the love that dare not bleat its name) hidden from the NSA?

    1. King Peter should be easy to marginalize for Rand. Just keep beating on him over his support for terrorism and terrorist groups, and then ignore everything else he says.

  6. I’m sure there will be a similar resolution coming from the Ds, the party of civil liberties.

    /sarcasm

  7. RESOLVED, the Republican National Committee encourages Republicans to oppose the re-election of Reps. Peter King and Mike Rogers, or their impeachment.

  8. Hoyl Kamolly dude that is like crazy!

    http://www.AnonWork.tk

  9. If only they did this when Bush was still in office.

  10. That Senator Paul. Trying to tempt me into supporting him over the Libertarian candidate in 2016. Very tricky!

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