As a Senator in 2005, Obama took a libertarian stance as George W. Bush occupied the White House. In regards to the Patriot Act, Obama voted NO to extending wiretap provisions.
Vote to invoke cloture on a conference report that extends the authority of the FBI to conduct “roving wiretaps” and access business records. Voting YES would recommend, in effect, that the PATRIOT Act be extended through December 31, 2009, and would makes the provisions of the PATRIOT Act permanent. Voting NO would extend debate further, which would have the effect of NOT extending the PATRIOT Act’s wiretap provision.
Breitbart adds, this only occurred months after the New York Times was reporting on warrantless wiretaps happening at the time.
This was months after a series of articles in the New York Times which brought the warrantless wiretaps to light. At the time, the Bush Administration had used the provisions for data mining of calls made to countries such as Pakistan and Yemen.