Was President Barack Obama actually inconsistent with his views regarding intelligence gathering?
From 2006 to the present, President Obama sharply criticized the NSA’s warrantless wiretapping program started during the Bush Administration. When news of the secret court order given to Verizon broke along with the revelation of the PRISM program, critics were quick to deride President Obama for changing his stance regarding privacy.
However, in several appearances dating back to 2006 to the present, President Obama remained consistent with his stance on intelligence gathering done with FISA (Foreign Intelligence Service Act) Court oversight. The constitutionality of the classified NSA program has drawn considerable criticism from both sides of the aisle and privacy advocates. But the White House maintains that the program has been operating under the law and FISC (Foreign Intelligence Service Court) oversight.
Whether or not the programs are actually operating within the law will be up to the courts, but regarding judicial oversight, President Obama has been consistent between 2006 and 2013.