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"Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin
by subduing the freeness of speech."
- Benjamin Franklin
"If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all." -- Virginia Woolf
"Democracies die behind closed doors." -- The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, ordering the government to end its policy of closed deportation hearings.
"The basis of our government being the opinion of the
people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to
me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or
newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate for a moment to prefer
-- Thomas Jefferson
"There has never been a more urgent need to preserve fundamental privacy protections and our system of checks and balances than the need we face today, as illegal government spying, provisions of the Patriot Act and government-sponsored torture programs transcend the bounds of law and our most treasured values in the name of national security." -- ACLU
"During times of universal deceit, telling the truth
becomes a revolutionary act."
-- George Orwell
"Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword." -- Julius Caesar
"There is no 'slippery slope' toward loss of liberty, only
a long staircase where each step down must first be tolerated by the American
people and their leaders."
-- Alan K. Simpson
"We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. We will not
be driven by fear into an age of unreason if we remember that we are not
descended from fearful men, not from men who feared to write, to speak, to
associate and to defend causes which were, for the moment,
--Edward R. Murrow
"Censorship is telling a man he can't have a steak just because a baby can't chew it." -- Mark Twain
"In Germany, the Nazis first came for the communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, but I didn't speak up because I was a protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time there was no one left to speak for me." -- Reverend Martin Niemoeller
Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the ACLU of Northern California, Inc.
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