Barack Obama said it recently:
Barack Obama discussed the idea of that choice in pledges he made in 2007 and then in 2008. As a candidate, many years closer to the attacks of September 11 2001, Barack Obama told us that we should reject the urge to choose between security and liberty:
As President, Barack Obama chose security over liberty, doing exactly what he said he wouldn’t do, without consulting us and without telling us. Wire-tapping citizens. National security letters to spy on citizens who are not suspected of a crime. Tracking citizens who have done nothing more than protest.
Another American leader had something to say about that choice:
What do you choose?