When I saw the headline I had to look again. But sure enough, the Republican National Committee, the official GOP, has not only come out against NSA spying, which frankly is a bit of a shock, but has used the word “unconstitutional.”
That is a very powerful word coming directly from the party.
It should be noted that the GOP has a lot to answer for in the NSA scandal. I wonder for instance what all the GOP lawmakers who approved the NSA budget, and were aware of the actions of the NSA have to say about this. I am sure crony bird McCain isn’t happy this afternoon.
The establishment GOP is not known for doing anything particularly forward thinking so this development will have to be watched closely, but for the time being we can say that this is a remarkable development which draws some interesting battle lines to say the least.
The GOP’s official governing body 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.”
A page-long resolution also called 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 reform beyond what President Barack Obama suggested a week ago. The committee also wants to “hold accountable those public officials who are found to be responsible for this unconstitutional surveillance.”
This could be really interesting.