Germany has been rocked by revelations that the German intelligence agency may have been helping the NSA spy on German and European citizens and companies.
The latest leak means that intelligence agencies will want to share less with each other. Instead of clamping down, they need to think about how to make their activities more transparent and legitimate.
President Obama has said that European governments are using privacy controversies to build "roadblocks" that are intended to stymie big U.S. firms, such as Google. Is he right?
Even in a post-midterm Congress, the USA FREEDOM Act could still pass - but should it?
Another potential loophole in the USA Freedom Act: How long can the government keep your data?
Some more reasons for pessimism about the Leahy bill
Gabe Rottman of the ACLU defends Sen. Leahy's surveillance reform bill as a major step. However, it would probably not do much for 97 percent of the orders issued under existing law.
Civil libertarians should support Sen. Leahy's USA Freedom Act -- it makes huge improvements to the surveillance status quo.
Civil libertarians like the Senate surveillance reform bill - but they should be careful what they wish for.
There is a palpable sense of betrayal in Germany over this, across the political spectrum.