"This (the Bush) administration also puts forth 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 our 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 more than protest a misguided war.
No more ignoring the law when it is inconvenient. That is not who we are, and 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 whim of stubborn rulers and that justice is not arbitrary.
This (the Bush) administration acts like violating civil liberties is the way to enhance our security. It is not. There are no shortcuts to protecting America." - Barack Obama, Back in 2007
"But I think it’s important to recognize that you can’t have a hundred percent security and also then have a hundred percent privacy and zero inconvenience. You know, we’re going to have to make some choices as a society." - Barack Obama, 2013 In response to The National Security Agency collecting the telephone records of millions of US citizens.
Despite the fourth amendment violation, many seem fine about this.
"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized." - The United States Constitution, Amendment IV
"If we restrict liberty to attain security we will lose them both." - Ben Franklin
NSA collecting phone records of millions of Verizon customers daily
Edward Snowden: the whistleblower behind the NSA surveillance revelations
Majority Views NSA Phone Tracking as Acceptable Anti-terror Tactic