Oh right. The idea being that spy networks and so on might (but then again, might not) have been wound down after the end of the USSR, I suppose.
The phrase used in the article is "hibernated".
Padraig wrote a great post years ago about the 1990s as the "brief, true, Pax Americana", with the USSR gone and 9/11 still in the future, how this was the time that American paranoia turned inwards, towards its own government, in a way it hadn't before outside of some probably fairly fringe circles on the far left and far right*, and how this was all expressed so beautifully in The X-Files, which was the genesis of the idea of the "deep state" taken up much later by QAnon.
De Palma's Mission: Impossible comes to mind too.
Another interesting one's Frankenheimer's Ronin from '98. You've got a bunch of out of work spies etc due to the end of the Cold War and it's opened up a market for mercenaries, hence "Ronin". Great car chases too.