The Republican National Committee passed a resolution today renouncing what it is calling "unconstitutional National Security Agency surveillance programs." This is quite a shift in position for the party which defended the ramping up of these programs after the 911 attacks. The resolution was affirmed by a voice vote at the GOP’s winter meeting.
The RNC called upon 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."
The one page resolution calls for "a special committee to investigate, report, and reveal to the public the extent of this domestic spying."
This committee would then make suggestions for reforms well beyond what President Barack Obama suggested a week ago. The committee also wants to punish "those public officials who are found to be responsible for this unconstitutional surveillance."