How many times have you seen the new advertisement Republicans are running on television about FISA? I think I can recite it verbatim by now. It's full of lies however. The law allowing Washington to eavesdrop on Al Qaeda communications DID NOT EXPIRE on February 16th. The FISA law is alive and well. What did expire was a temporary extension of a law allowing George W. Bush to violate your constitutional civil rights (which, by the way, Congress cannot do) by spying on Americans.
Why did it expire? Because George W. Bush wouldn't sign another temporary extension. So, why can't the spoiled brat continue to intercept your phone calls, emails and financial transactions? Because he refused to sign an extension. How is this Democrats fault?
Since we're on the subject let's ask why Democrats would ever allow such constitutional violations any way? Well, see it's an election year and they're more concerned with being painted as soft on terrorism than upholding their oaths of office. Our civil rights are secondary. Unfortunately it isn't possible to bypass the constitution this easily. Congress cannot simply pass legislation giving retroactive immunity to corporations which conspired with the government to tap our phones, constitutional amendments are necessary.
The alternative, obviously, is to pack the Supreme Court with ideologues who would uphold any intrusion of our civil rights and we know Democrats would never allow that don't we? What's that you say, how then do I explain John Roberts and Samual Alito? Hmmmm, you've got me there.