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RNC condemns NSA ‘dragnet’ spying program
RNC condemns NSA 'dragnet' spying program

RNC condemns NSA ‘dragnet’ spying program

The Republican National Committee (RNC) has passed a resolution condemning the NSA’s mass surveillance, pushing back heavily on the actions of the security apparatus of the U.S. The resolution contains strong language in favor of privacy, the broad protections of the Fourth Amendment, and limited government.

The committee criticized the government’s bulk collection of records about all phone calls, which emerged as one of the most controversial programs revealed in leaks by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. That NSA effort “is in itself contrary to the right of privacy protected by the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution,” the RNC said in the resolution.
The RNC also called the NSA’s classified “PRISM” program, which mines data from the servers of major Internet companies, “the largest surveillance effort ever launched by a democratic government against its own citizens.”

The resolution called for Republican lawmakers to create a new panel “to investigate, report, and reveal to the public the extent of this domestic spying” and to develop recommendations to end “unconstitutional surveillance” and hold officials responsible for the snooping “accountable.”

The RNC position represents an increasingly libertarian turn for the GOP.

Republican lawmakers like Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.) and James Sensenbrenner (Wis.) have repeatedly joined left-wing Democrats to call for the NSA’s programs to be reformed. Hawks in both parties have resisted the calls and warned that reining in the NSA could make it harder to protect the country against terrorist attacks.


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