Last week, the Senate voted to extend the FISA Amendments Act for another five years and President Obama quickly signed the bill into law. 

The bad news, of course, is that we have five more years of blanket surveillance, vast data collection, and zero explanation on how the program is being used against Americans.  The good news is that the fight continues.  Public opposition to warrantless surveillance is growing and, this go around, there was actually a debate in the Senate about making FISA more transparent.  It's still a stinging defeat for civil liberties and privacy rights, but we are making progress.