"No more illegal wire-tapping of American citizens," Obama said in a 2007 speech

"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.

Source: Obama limited on NSA surveillance changes - Josh Gerstein - POLITICO.com

Obama still isn't saying that what we think was, and is, unconstitutional wire-tapping was/is actually illegal.

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