CNN has been running an ad from some outfit called "Defense of Democracies" (sic) http://defenseofdemocracies.wordpress.com/ criticizing the House refusing to cave in to the President on FISA. Or maybe better said the president's refusal to go along with a short extension so the House can deliberate on the merits of the issue.
The ad claims that the House let the law expire (not true) "crippling" out ability to monitor terrorists (a lie).
Life and politics can be pretty damn confusing and hard to sort out, but I think it's fair to say that any policy that needs lies to hold it up is almost certainly a bad one.
Conservatives, before they lost their minds, always knew this and often legitimately criticized the leftist habit of enlisting untruths and lies so long as they supported the Left's agenda.
It's funny that people who love to say things like "the scariest words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help" don't understand that calling something the "PATRIOT Act" was about as clear a signal as could be sent that it end up being no such thing.