"The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a little longer."
Henry Kissinger, New York Times, Oct. 28, 1973
US (German-born) diplomat & scholar (1923 - )
"When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bounds. Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents come alive, and you discover yourself to be the greater person by far than you ever dreamt yourself to be..."
-- from Maharishi Patanjali, about 2500 years ago
"Secrecy - the first refuge of incompetents - must be at bare minimum in a democratic society, for a fully informed public is the basis of self-government. Those elected or appointed to positions of executive authority must recognize that government, in a democracy, cannot be wiser than the people."
- Commission on Government Security, the Committee on Government Operations of the House of Representatives, 1960 Report
Reference: House Committee on Government Operations, Availability of Information From Federal Departments and Agencies, 86th Cong., 2d sess., 1960, House Rept. 86-2084, 36.
from Appendix A - "SECRECY - A Brief Account of the American Experience", Section 8. A Culture of Secrecy, in the 1997 Report of the Commission on Protecting and Reducing Government Secrecy, which is US Senate Document # 105-2 of the 103rd Congress