COMMENT By Bob Weaver/Jan. 2011

A little-noticed bill has been introduced in Congress that intends to once again renew the controversial provisions of the Bush administration's USA Patriot Act that are due to expire this year.

Congress put in some "sunset" provisions to quiet the concerns of civil libertarians, but they were ignored.

Those concerns proved to be well founded, and a 2008 Justice Department report confirmed that the FBI regularly abused their ability to obtain personal records of Americans without a warrant.

Julian Sanchez, of the Libertarian Cato Institute, said it is highly unlikely that Washington will be reining in the growth of the surveillance state.

Sen. Barrack Obama promised to support reforming the Patriot Act, but voted in favor of extending it in 2005 and 2008.

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