American Enterprise Institute: Congress renews major surveillance law with little change: The end of an era? by Claude Barfield:
Last week, Congress passed landmark legislation renewing for six years the US government’s most important surveillance programs under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). The legislative process surrounding the bill was fraught and highly divisive for both parties in Congress. Although early judgments cannot be conclusive, the result — continuing the Section 702 program with minor changes — may well signal the ebbing of the wave of reaction from the 2013 Snowden revelations concerning US intelligence spying on the activities of American citizens.