Marketed as pro-privacy reform of the rancid Patriot Act, the USA Freedom Act is about to become law. Though nothing could be further from the truth, many Americans will believe that the National Security Agency (NSA) is being reined in, and move on another issue.

The Freedom Act has been characterized as another vindication of Edward Snowden — and, considering the fact that we wouldn't be discussing the balance between individual privacy rights and national security if he hadn't made the NSA's spying against us public, it is.

We're also being told that the Freedom Act will protect us from the NSA.