This past Friday, the Republican National Committee (RNC) decided to officially pass a resolution that demands an investigation into National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance, and asks Congressional members to amend the current Patriot Act, specifically section 215. Although the party has pledged against NSA spying, in addition to state totalitarianism, some party members blew the candles out a while ago.
Explained by the Time magazine, Zeke Miller lists a section of the resolution, “Among other points, the resolution declares “the mass collection and retention of personal data is in itself contrary to the right of privacy protected by the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution,” a claim embraced by civil libertarians of both parties.”
With the Republican party taking shift at civil libertarianism, it’s reasonable to say that Washington politics, at the least, is being influenced by outside lobbies other than DC careerists who’ve had a run at big government for quite a while. Of course, there is a long way to go if any political change is to be made.
Room has been made for anti-surveillance advocates, as BenSwann.com reported on the recent USA Freedom Act, “The House bill is chalking up many co-sponsors as well. In the beginning of December, about 70 co-sponsors backed the USA Freedom Act, and now, in the end of December, nearly 120 co-sponsors are on board. Introduced by Rep. James Sensenbrenner, the bill has also seen staunch support by freshman Congressman Thomas Massie.”