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"It is the invariable habit of bureaucracies, at all times and everywhere, to assume...that every citizen is a criminal. Their one apparent purpose, pursued with a relentless and furious diligence, is to convert the assumption into a fact. They hunt endlessly for proofs, and, when proofs are lacking, for mere suspicions. The moment they become aware of a definite citizen, John Doe, seeking what is his right under the law, they begin searching feverishly for an excuse for withholding it from him."
H. L. Mencken (more quotes by H. L. Mencken or books by/about H. L. Mencken)
(1880-1956) American Journalist, Editor, Essayist, Linguist, Lexicographer, and Critic
Bureaucracy, Crime, Enforcement, Injustice, Innocence, Law, Police, Rights