- '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
- - 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
- - 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
- - 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
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.
Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right
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impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
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The Law has the right to forbid only those actions that are injurious to
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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
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or
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