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'Terrorism is a tactic, it's not an enemy, it's just a tactic that the various enemies use. You can't have war against a tactic, and that's where the policy is flawed.'
- Ron Paul, May 27, 2007


'Having a state action exemption to the concept of terrorism is like having a mass murder exemption in the homicide statute.'
- James Bovard, January 31, 2006


'During the late 20th century the word "liberal" came to mean someone whose copy of the Bill of Rights was missing the Second and Tenth Amendments, and the word "conservative" someone whose copy was missing the First and the Ninth.'
- Jon Roland, May, 1994


'It's clear that politicians have made the tragically ill-advised decision that detecting murderous terrorists is less important than arresting non-violent Americans who choose to use marijuana or other drugs.'
- Ron Crickenberger, political director of the Libertarian Party


'The government schools don't teach children to read. They teach the vast majority to leave school at 18 vowing, "I'm finally out of there; I swear I'll never crack another book so long as I live, and no one can make me." These institutions studiously and purposely teach our offspring not to read much beyond the soup labels and the TV listings, lest they be disturbed by evidence that all their little memorized sound bites may not be true.'
- Vin Suprynowicz, Aww, give the little girl a gold star


'Being completely ignorant about the size of the project, I didn't have any inhibitions about doing something stupid. I could say that if I had known, I wouldn't have started.'
- Linus Torvalds


'Human and political freedom has never existed, and cannot exist, without a large measure of economic freedom.'
- Milton Friedman


'Prohibition ... goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man's appetite by legislation, and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes. A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded.'
- Abraham Lincoln


'Lock up your libraries if you like, but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.'
- Virginia Woolf


'We must make our Congressmen understand that patent law is not an administrative law subject to be decided in the PTO, but a political subject to be decided by our legislators. We may have to restore actual democracy to the House of Representatives in the United States in order to make that possible, and there are many other aspects to the challenge involved.'
- Eben Moglen


'Now what I contend is that my body is my own, at least I have always so regarded it. If I do harm through my experimenting with it, it is I who suffers, not the state.'
- Mark Twain


'Our country is in danger: Not just from foreign enemies; but above all, from our own misguided policies, and what they can do to this country.'
- Robert Kennedy


'False is the idea of utility that sacrifices a thousand real advantages for one imaginary or trifling inconvenience; that would take fire from men because it burns, and water because one may drown in it; that has no remedy for evils, except destruction. The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes...Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.'
- Cesare Beccaria, On Crimes and Punishments, 1764


'I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.'
- James Madison


'There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there.'
- Indira Gandhi


'Cowardice asks the question, Is it safe? Expediency asks the question, Is it politic? Vanity asks the question, Is it popular? But conscience asks the question, Is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, not popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him it is right...'
- Martin Luther


'If you can't explain something to a six year old, you really don't understand it yourself.'
- Albert Einstein


`He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.'
- Thomas Paine


`Our liberty depends on freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.'
- Thomas Jefferson


`They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty not safety.'
- Benjamin Franklin


`You do not examine legislation in the light of the benefits it will convey if properly administered, but in the light of the wrongs it would do and the harms it would cause if improperly administered.'
- Lyndon Johnson


`The words "community" and "communication" have the same root. Wherever you put a communications network, you put a community as well. And whenever you take away that network -- confiscate it, outlaw it, crash it, raise its price beyond affordability -- then you hurt that community.'
- Bruce Sterling, The Hacker Crackdown


`Sometimes bad people, even criminals, can be elected. Building good crypto into a democracy's communications infrastructure is like child-proofing your house.
- Philip Zimmermann, Author of PGP - Pretty Good Privacy


`Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth--more than ruin--more even than death....Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid. Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man.'
- Bertrand Russell


`Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the Government's purposes are beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.'
- Justice Louis D. Brandeis, dissenting, Olmstead v. United States, 277 U.S. 479 (1928)


`The First Amendment is often inconvenient. But that is besides the point. Inconvenience does not absolve the government of its obligation to tolerate speech.'
- Justice Anthony Kennedy


'It is not the function of our Government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the Government from falling into error.'
- Robert H. Jackson (1892-1954), U.S. Judge


`Part of this "D-" belongs to God.'
- Bart Simpson


`The solution should be easy to administer. Ease of administration means different things to UNIX and Windows administrators.'
- UNIX Application Migration Guide, Chapter 6: UNIX and Windows Interoperability, October 2002, Larry Twork, Larry Mead, Bill Howison, JD Hicks, Lew Brodnax, Jim McMicking, Raju Sakthivel, David Holder, Jon Collins, Bill Loeffler -- Microsoft Corporation


Documents:

Universal Declaration of Human Rights [1948]

Article 8
Everyone has the right to an effecitve remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law.
Article 19
Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

Declaration of the Rights of man and of the Citizen [1789]

Article 4
Liberty consists in the freedom to do everything which injures no one else; hence the exercise of the natural rights of each man has no limits except those which assure to the other members of the society the enjoyment of the same rights. These limits can only be determined by law.
Article 5
The Law has the right to forbid only those actions that are injurious to society. Nothing that is not forbidden by Law may be hindered, and no one may be compelled to do what the Law does not ordain.
Article 11
The free communication of ideas and of opinions is one of the most precious rights of man. Any citizen may therefore speak, write and publish freely, except what is tantamount to the abuse of this liberty in the cases determined by Law.

The Constitution of the United States -- Amendments [1789]

Article I
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibition the free exercise thereofl or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people to peaceably assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

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