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.