‘This administration also puts forward a false choice between the liberties we cherish and the security we provide. I will provide our intelligence and law enforcement agencies with the tools they need to track and take out the terrorists without undermining the Constitution and our freedom.
That means no more illegal wiretapping of American citizens.
No more national security letters to spy on citizens who are not suspected of a crime.
No more tracking citizens who do nothing but protest a [policy].
No more ignoring the law when it is inconvenient.
It is not who we are. It is not what is necessary to defeat the terrorists. The FISA Court works. The separation of powers works. Our Constitution works. We will again set an example for the world that the law is not subject to the whims of stubborn rulers and that justice is not arbitrary.
This administration acts like violating civil liberties is the way to enhance our security. It is not. There are no short cuts to protecting America.’
- Senator Barack Obama at the Woodrow Wilson Centre on Terrorism, 1 August 2007
The rank hypocrisy is strong with this one.