President Barack Obama has signed a one-year extension of several provisions in the nation's main counterterrorism law, the Patriot Act. . .http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100228/ap_on_go_pr_wh/us_obama_patriot_act
The act, which was adopted in the weeks after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, expands the government's ability to monitor Americans in the name of national security. . .
Obama's signature comes after the House voted 315 to 97 Thursday to extend the measure.
The Senate also approved the measure, with privacy protections cast aside when Senate Democrats lacked the necessary 60-vote supermajority to pass them. Thrown away were restrictions and greater scrutiny on the government's authority to spy on Americans and seize their records.
In other words, Obama signed the Patriot Act extension without the "improvements" he said were necessary and which he promised during the campaign.