Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
New American 
February 3, 2014
Maybe it was Senator Rand Paul’s perceived influence on the Republican National Committee’s recent denouncement of the NSA’s warrantless surveillance that prompted the New York Times to publish a major hit piece on him and the intellectual company he keeps.
Late last month, by a voice vote, the RNC approved adoption of a “Resolution To Renounce The National Security Agency’s Surveillance Program.”
The resolution calls the NSA’s dragnet, warrantless collection of metadata of millions of Americans “an invasion into the personal lives of American citizens that violates the right of free speech and association afforded by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.” Declaring also that “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.”
Many regard the resolution as a rejection of Bush-era expansion of the federal domestic surveillance apparatus, and consider Senator Paul the primary motivation for the shift in philosophy.
During an appearance on Fox News Sunday in June of last year, Paul announced plans to file a class action lawsuit against the Obama administration, demanding it provide legal justification for the recently revealed wholesale watching of millions of citizens not suspected of any crime.