A Republican Party resolution that renounces NSA spying is an extraordinary document. For over a decade, the GOP dismissed civil-libertarian complaints about the War on Terror. The RNC stood behind Team Bush through the war crime of torture and a secret, illegal program of warrantless surveillance on U.S. citizens. Circa 2009, the Tea Party began vying for control of the Republican Party. But even then, mass surveillance on innocents wasn't among its complaints.
President Obama's first term would play out with the GOP opposing him on virtually every issue except his embrace of his predecessor's War on Terror approach.
- It declares NSA activities "the largest surveillance effort ever launched by a democratic government against its own citizens."
- It declares NSA spying unconstitutional, insisting that it violates both the First and Fourth Amendments.
- It characterizes NSA surveillance as "an intrusion on basic human rights that threatens the very foundations of a democratic society."
- It calls on GOP legislators to pass sweeping reforms.
- It endorses "a full public accounting of the NSA’s data collection programs."
- In encourages GOP legislators to create a special committee to investigate the NSA.
- It urges that Congress "hold accountable those public officials who are found to be responsible for this unconstitutional surveillance."