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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-31-05 03:01 PM
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30. Robert A. Heinlein: "Secrecy is the beginning of tyranny."
IIRC, Katherine Graham was addressing a CIA gathering when she said: "We live in a dirty and dangerous world. There are some things the general public does not need to know, and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows."

Secrets lLike what, Kate? Treason? CIA and JFK?

Here's what an honorable Supreme Court Associate Justice Hugo L. Black said about the Press, the only business mentioned by name in the US Constitution: "The Press was protected so that it could bare the secrets of the government and inform the people. Only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose deception in government. And paramount among the responsibilities of a free press is the duty to prevent any part of the government from deceiving the people."

So the ultra-wealthy conservatives bought as many media companies as they could find and consolidated control when Pruneface Reagan tossed out the Fairness Doctrine. Sweet. For the NAZIs.

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