Tuesday, December 7, 2010

First Amendment Quotes

Since the whole Wikileaks Controversy has come about, it seems to me that people have either conveniently ignored or have totally forgotten the purpose of the First Amendment. So I have gather some quotes to help shed some light on it's original purpose and function. The quotes deals specifically with the Freedom of Speech and the Freedom of The Press clauses.

“The dominant purpose of the First Amendment was to prohibit the widespread practice of government suppression of embarrassing information.”
~William Orville Douglas quotes

“The First Amendment is often inconvenient. But that is besides the point. Inconvenience does not absolve the government of its obligation to tolerate speech.”

"People have a right to the Truth as they have a right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."
~Frank Norris

"It just seems to be a human trait to want to protect the speech of people with whom we agree. For the First Amendment, that is not good enough. So it is really important that we protect First Amendment rights of people no matter what side of the line they are on."
~Floyd Abrams

“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.”
~Harry Truman

“If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.”
~Noam Chomsky, speaking in a BBC television interview with John Pilger on The Late Show (1992)

"The free press is the mother of all our liberties and of our progress under liberty"

"The Founding Fathers gave the free press the protection it must have [to] bare the secrets of government and inform the people."

"Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost. "

"A free press was born when America was born. It was not handed down or inherited. The concept of press freedom was deliberately constructed by the framers of our Constitution to instill the spirit of independence as an absolute, crucial ingredient in the creation, existence and survival of a free society.

"The press must be free; it has always been so and much evil has been corrected by it. If government finds itself annoyed by it, let it examine its own conduct, and it will find the cause."

"Nothing could be more irrational than to give the people power, and to withhold from them information without which power is abused. A people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with power which knowledge gives. A popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy, or perhaps both.

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