Patriot Act provisions expiring on 12/31:
1. Secret court permits roving wiretaps without identification of who is being targeted...
2. Secret court can order production of any item relevant to a FISA investigation (i.e. papers, records, documents...)
3. US may surveil non-US persons not connected to foreign government or organization if suspected of terrorism or intent.
Whether these are good laws or not, clearly Obama expressed some reticence about them before he became a candidate for President. Now, he is quietly seeking extension of these provisions. Also, Obama angered progressives earlier this year when he supported immunity for telecom companies who participated in the warrantless wiretapping program (thus quashing several lawsuits).
Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.
UPDATED 12/28: The original link seems to have been removed. However, there is an article on TheHill.com covering the same issue. Read it here: Obama Stares Down Patriot Act Criticism