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zounds… Saturday, 9 September 2006

Posted by R Garfield in Political, Technology.
Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.

Ronald Reagan
40th president of US
(1911 – 2004)

They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

Benjamin Franklin,
Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759

In these heady days of information technology, where “information wants to be free,” one of the biggest questions that has arisen, time and again, is what inforamtion should be made freely avaible, to whom, and under what circumstances. The latest case bringing this to light is the one in which Hewlett-Packard felt it had the right to spy upon its own board members, and members of the press. And why not? Our own government has felt it in our best interest to have us spied upon without just cause, without let or hinderance, in the cheapest, meanest way of upholding the morality of the ends justifying the means. After all, what has H-P done other than follow in the faltering footsteps of our own political leaders. those who give lip service to freedom and justice, but engage in the tactics of secret policemanship of which any totalittarian goverment would be proud.

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.

Abraham Lincoln



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