Secrecy and a free, democratic government don’t mix.
When even one American -- who has done nothing wrong -- is forced by fear to shut his mind and close his mouth, then all Americans are in peril.
When you have an efficient government, you have a dictatorship.
If there is one basic element in our Constitution, it is civilian control of the military.
Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.
It's an old political trick: "If you can't convince 'em, confuse 'em." But this time it won't work.
I never give them hell. I just tell the truth and they think it's hell.
You can't get rich in politics unless you're a crook.
I never would have agreed to the formulation of the Central Intelligence Agency back in forty-seven, if I had known it would become the American Gestapo.
If you cannot convince them, confuse them.
Whenever you have an efficient government you have a dictatorship.
It's not the hand that signs the laws that holds the destiny of America. It's the hand that casts the ballot.
I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.
There is no more fundamental axiom of American freedom than the familiar statement: In a free country we punish men for the crimes they commit but never for the opinions they have.