Republicans voted to condemn the NSA last month. Now at CPAC, they’re silent.

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The Republican National Committee recently issued a major rebuke of the National Security Agency, condemning the spy agency's collection of bulk telephone records from American citizens. The party's resolution roundly criticized the program as "an intrusion on basic human rights" and set conservatives on a path to draw civil libertarians into the fold. But surprisingly, at the largest conservative confab of the year, the issue of NSA surveillance is nowhere to be found.

The agenda for this year's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) doesn't once mention President Barack Obama's signals intelligence program. Nor are there any booths on the convention floor blasting the secret FISA court, attempts to break into tech companies' server links or the sharing of NSA data with domestic law enforcement agencies like the Drug Enforcement Administration.

[March 7]


Republicans voted to condemn the NSA last month. Now at CPAC, they’re silent.