“Surveillance reform plans [are] like indie rock bands”

They “seem to alienate many of their early core fans just as they achieve mainstream popularity.”  Like the rare indie rock band, however (Sleater-Kinney comes to mind), some surveillance reform plans actually are all they were cracked up to be–or at least far better than the alternatives–even once they attract mainstream popularity.  That is, in any event, the theme of our own Julian Sanchez’s must-read article on the USA Freedom Act over on Motherboard. 

About the Author(s)

Marty Lederman

Professor at the Georgetown University Law Center. He was Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the Office of Legal Counsel from 2009-2010, and Attorney Advisor at the Office of Legal Counsel from 1994-2002. Member of the editorial board of Just Security. You can follow him on Twitter (@marty_lederman).