The Senate effectively allowed portions of the Patriot Act to expire as previously scheduled. It is the first time Congress has meaningfully restrained the national security agencies since 2001. It will not be the last.
What we are now witnessing is residue from the era of colonialism.
Russ Baker is editor of WhoWhatWhy.com and author of "Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, America’s Invisible Government and the Hidden History of the Last Fifty Years."