On Tuesday afternoon, the Senate passed the U.S.A. Freedom Act, voting 67-32 and rejecting four eleventh-hour amendments. President Obama is expected to sign the bill Tuesday night, which means that the government’s metadata program will continue, but on modified terms. Custody of the metadata itself will transition from the N.S.A. to the phone companies.As Lily Tomlin long ago warned us:
"We don't care. We don't have to. We're the phone company"