I contrasted some quotes from Senator Obama with those of President Obama in my post, “Quotable Quotes on the NSA’s Illegal Surveillance Program“:
“Granting such immunity undermines the constitutional protections Americans trust the Congress to protect. Senator Obama supports a filibuster of this bill…” – Senator Obama, December 2007, in a statement he gave about a bill granting retroactive immunity to telecommunications companies for illegally (obviously, since otherwise they wouldn’t require immunity) sharing private client information under the government’s illegal surveillance program under the Bush administration.
“We can give our intelligence and law enforcement community the powers they need to track down and take out terrorists without undermining our commitment to the rule of law, or our basic rights and liberties.” – Senator Obama, February 2008
“[President Obama] argued that ‘modest encroachments on privacy’ were ‘worth us doing’ to protect the country. There are some trade-offs involved,’ Mr. Obama said.” – New York Times, June 7, 2013
“I think it’s important to recognize that you can’t have 100 per cent security and also then have 100 per cent privacy and zero inconvenience…. In the abstract you can complain about Big Brother and how this is a potential program run amok, but when you actually look at the details then I think we’ve struck the right balance.” – President Obama, June 7, 2013
(h/t Tom Woods re: the above video)