It gets harder and harder to tell which administrations are Republican and which are Democratic. Once the government grants itself power it’s pretty much a given it will never give that power up.
Some controversial provisions of the Patriot Act are set to expire this year. These provisions were introduced under the Bush administration. A new bill has been introduced that would renew the provisions rather than have them expire.
When the Patriot Act was first introduced and signed into Law, Congress tried to quell concerns of civil libertarian by putting in sunset dates that would force renewal of some controversial provisions. However, there have been successive extensions even under Obama and apparently the pattern is set to repeat itself.
This is happening even though the concerns expressed by critics have proved correct. A 2008 Justice Department report confirmed that the FBI regularly abused their ability to obtain personal records of Americans without a warrant.