For the First Time Since 9/11, Congress Checks the Security State

"Stanford legal scholar Jennifer Granick wrote before Sunday’s vote that the Senate shouldn’t rush to pass the Freedom Act as is. It “was negotiated at a time when straight reauthorization was a real danger” and before the appellate court decided bulk collection is illegal. The bill is “now rather anemic,” she wrote.

And, she noted, “there’s a clear and present danger that if [the Freedom Act] passes, everyone will pat themselves on the back for a job well done … and it’ll be suspicionless spying as usual until the next big surveillance provision, section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act sunsets at the end of 2017, and we’re in the same position again.”"