"No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with
his (their) privacy, family, home or correspondence,
nor to attacks upon his (their) honour and reputation.
Everyone has the right to the protection of the law
against such interference or attacks."
United Nations, Article 12, Universal Declaration of
Human Rights, 1948
“Big Brother is watching you.”
"We do it because we can."
Anonymous news reporters
tease the spies because we can."
Anonymous person victimized by illegal government, corporate and news
media spying, response to
news reporters statement:
"We do it because we
"The vision that some have for the future of our world may
not be the reality the future will unfold."
"Overly curious people with big egos who
illegally spy on others may not share this viewpoint, but will
eventually go to the wayside the same as the Neanderthal.
Furthermore, those involved may not understand what this
statement means or the future consequences of their actions.
Moreover, those who are aware of their actions
and the future consequences of illegal spying – are no less than a malicious
thief with the mark of the beast."
Robert Franklin, response to President George W. Bush's statement
"Let people say
what they think."
"Members of what is now the secretive fictitious "Illegal Eavesdroppers Club"
that will be of the norm in the future ruled by dictators will not be raptured
for they will have the mark of the beast."
"Information is power and whoever controls the information
will control the minds of people."
“He who controls the present, controls the past. He who
controls the past, controls the future.”
"A political promise to do something 40 years from now is
universally ignored because everyone knows that's
07/17/08 AP News article: "Gore
sets energy goal for next president to heed."
"If we do not plan in advance, then WWIII could sneak-up
on us all and catch us with our pants down."
Robert Franklin, response to Al Gore's 07/17/08 AP News
“The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities
committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity
for not even hearing about them.”
"When it comes to privacy and accountability, people
always demand the former for themselves and the
latter for everyone else.”
"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a
little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania,
"The hackers are getting very sophisticated. They seem to
think that the norms we expect for people's privacy don't
apply to them. It's sort of like electronic voyeurism."
Deputy in Charge,
Angeles County District Attorney High Tech Crimes
"I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending
too much liberty than to those attending too small
a degree of it."
"Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the
freedom to make mistakes."
"Part of the inhumanity of the computer is that, once it is
competently programmed and working smoothly, it is completely
"If we continue to develop our technology without wisdom
or prudence, our servant may prove to be our
"Civilization is the progress toward a society of privacy. The
savage's whole existence is public, ruled by
the laws of his tribe. Civilization is the process of setting man free
"The American people must be willing to give up a degree
of personal privacy in exchange for safety and
"If you mind your own business, you won't be minding
"Encryption...is a powerful defensive weapon for free
people. It offers a technical guarantee of privacy, regardless
of who is running the government... It's hard to think of a
more powerful, less dangerous tool for liberty."
"Privacy is the right to be alone - the most comprehensive
of rights, and the right most valued by civilized man."
Louis D. Brandeis
"A patriot must always be ready to defend his country
against his government."
"Big Brother in the form of an increasingly powerful
government and in an increasingly powerful private sector
will pile the records high with reasons why privacy should
give way to national security, to law and order, to
efficiency of operation, to scientific advancement and the
Justice William O.
"Whenever justice is uncertain and police spying and
terror are at work, human beings fall into isolation, which,
of course, is the aim and purpose of the dictator state, since
it is based on the greatest possible accumulation
of depotentiated social units."
Carl Gustav Jung
"If you say to people that they, as a matter of fact, can’t
protect their conversations, in particular their political
conversations, I think you take a long step toward making a
transition from a free society to a totalitarian
"The Fifth Amendment is an old friend and a good friend.
It is one of the great landmarks in men’s struggle to
be free of tyranny, to be decent and civilized."
Justice William O.
"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."
"It is dangerous
to be right when the government is wrong."