Republican Party Condemns NSA Spying on Americans, After Supporting It for Years

| by Michael Allen

The Republican Party has stood behind the NSA's spying ever since President George W. Bush signed the Patriot Act in 2001, which legalized NSA surveillance on Americans without a warrant.

According to Time, the Republican National Committee (RNC) voted today at their annual winter meeting to pass a “Resolution To Renounce The National Security Agency’s Surveillance Program.”

Ironically, several Republicans have called NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden a "traitor" for revealing the same NSA programs that they renounced today.

When the New York Times first reported about NSA spying program under President Bush in 2005, Republicans voiced no opposition.

MSNBC reports that the RNC now wants an amendment to Section 215 of the Patriot Act to "make it clear that blanket surveillance of the Internet activity, phone records and correspondence — electronic, physical, and otherwise — of any person residing in the US is prohibited by law."

Sources: New York Times, MSNBC, Time, The Atlantic, Politico.com, The Hill