"No more illegal wire-tapping 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," Obama said in a 2007 speech. "This administration acts like violating civil liberties is the way to enhance our security."
The way the public learned about the snooping efforts — through a massive security breach involving a low-level NSA computer technician — also undermined Obama's claims to be a champion of transparency.
Obama still isn't saying that what we think was, and is, unconstitutional wire-tapping was/is actually illegal.