"Once the law starts asking questions, there's no stopping them."
William S. Burroughs
(1914-1997) American novelist, essayist, social critic
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The implication here given to law, draws upon the ignorance of a populace enslaved by de facto government. Otherwise, the quote could get a 5 stars if the intent was to get at the truth of a criminal act; Or, a thumbs down if it were to bring to light the nonstop criminal activities of the in-place de facto government. A thumbs down, though it be true, due to the devastation perpetrated upon the noble sovereign.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Try to get "the law" to ANSWER a question, when they don't want to, as I did with the IRS. It was at that moment I quit believing this is a free country anymore.
     -- Paul, Union, WA     
    And innocense is not considered a defense anymore.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    I'm afraid it is too true -- thumbs down because we have little recourse against a government that has targeted one in the herd to keep the rest in line.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    Carlton can you tell me of a time when "innocence was a defense". The quintessential question asker was Colombo. I really like the Lieutenants style. The only way to stop him in his tracks was to tell him the truth and with a straight face. If you got either one of those wrong (the truth or the face) he would come back at you. Bulldog tenacity thats what I like in a law enforcer or investigater.
     -- Waffler, Smith, Arkansas     
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