Torture in Your Name

"Should any American soldier be so base and infamous as to
 injure any [prisoner]. . . I do most earnestly enjoin you to
 bring him to such severe and exemplary punishment as the
 enormity of the crime may require. Should it extend to death
 itself, it will not be disproportional to its guilt at such a
 time and in such a cause… for by such conduct they bring
 shame, disgrace and ruin to themselves and their country."
 -- George Washington, Sept. 14, 1775

"Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process
 he does not become a monster."
 -- Nietzsche
"If torture isn't wrong, then nothing is wrong."
 -- Abraham Lincoln

"The propagandist's purpose is to make one set of people forget
 that certain other sets of people are human"
 -- Aldous Huxley 

"Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has
 the power to make you commit atrocities."
 -- Voltaire

"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of,
 he always declares that it is his duty."
 -- George Bernard Shaw

"Every ambitious would-be empire, clarions it abroad that she
 is conquering the world to bring it peace, security and
 freedom, and is sacrificing her sons only for the most noble
 and humanitarian purposes. That is a lie, and it is an ancient
 lie, yet generations still rise and believe it."
 -- Henry David Thoreau

"Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most 
 to be dreaded because it comprises and develops the germ of 
 every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed 
 debts and taxes...known instruments for bringing the many under
 the domination of the few. . . No nation could preserve its 
 freedom in the midst of continual warfare."
 -- James Madison, Political Observations, 1795

"Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when
 they do it from religious conviction."
 -- Blaise Pascal ~1650 AD

"To do evil a human being must first of all believe that what
 he's doing is good... Ideology - that is what gives devildoing
 its long-sought justification and gives the evildoer the
 necessary steadfastness and determination. That is the social
 theory which helps to make his acts seem good instead of bad
 in his own and others' eyes, so that he won't hear reproaches
 and curses but will receive praise and honors."
 –- Alexander Solzhenitsyn

"That there are men in all countries who get their living by
 war, and by keeping up the quarrels of nations, is as shocking
 as it is true; but when those who are concerned in the
 government of a country, make it their study to sow discord,
 and cultivate prejudices between nations, it becomes the more
 –- Thomas Paine, "The Rights of Man", circa 1792

"The most heinous and the cruelest crimes of which history
 has recorded have been committed under the cover of religion
 or equally noble motives."
 -- Gandhi

"To sin by silence when they should protest
 makes cowards of men."
 -- George Washington

"Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force;
 like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never
 for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action."
 -- George Washington

"Each word, has an echo. So does each silence."
 -- Jean-Paul Sartre

"A prudent man foresees the difficulties ahead and prepares
 for them; the simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the
 -- Proverbs 22:3

"Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence, the
 jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake; since
 history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of
 the most baneful woes of Republican government."
 -- James Madison

"All war is based on deception" 
 -- Sun Tzu

"When the rich wage war, it's the poor who die."
 --Jean-Paul Sartre

"There is no honorable way to kill, no gentle way to destroy.
 There is nothing good in war... Except its ending."
 -- Albert Einstein

"The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is 
 honest, truthful and virtuous."
 -- Frederick Douglass


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"Beware those that wholly believe in Biblical revelations,
 claim to be doing the work of God and also have the big
 red button to cause said annihilation while breaking at
 least half of the ten commandments."

"Let us believe no man infallible or impeccable in government,
 any more than in religion; take no man's word against evidence,
 nor implicitly adopt the sentiments of others who may be
 deceived themselves, or may be interested in deceiving us."
 -- John Adams 1763
"The high minded man must care more for the truth than for what 
 people think." 
 -- Aristotle

"Facts are stubborn things, and can't be erased or banished
 from polite discussion on account of political correctness or,
 at least, not for very long."
 -- Ronald Reagan

"The Central Intelligence Agency owns everyone of any 
 significance in the major media."
 -- William Colby (Former CIA Director)

"When tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be 
 in the guise of fighting a foreign foe."
 -- James Madison 

"History records that the money changers have used every form of 
 abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain
 their control over governments by controlling the money and its
 -- James Madison

"Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the
 most to be dreaded because it comprises and develops the germ
 of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these
 proceed debts and taxes...known instruments for bringing the
 many under the domination of the few. . . No nation could
 preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare."
 -- James Madison, Political Observations, 1795

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

"I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they
 can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great
 point is to bring them the real facts."
 -- Abraham Lincoln

"Corporations have been enthroned An era of corruption in high
 places will follow and the money power will endeavor to
 prolong its reign by working on the prejudices of the people
 . . until wealth is aggregated in a few hands . . . and the
 Republic is destroyed."
 -- Abraham Lincoln

"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace
 alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing
 it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary."
 -- H. L. Mencken US editor (1880 - 1956)

"The technique of infamy is to invent two lies, then get people
 arguing heatedly over which one of them is true."
 -- Ezra Pound

"Terrorism \Ter"ror*ism\, n.
 The act of terrorizing, or state of being terrorized; a mode
 of government by terror or intimidation.
 -- Thomas Jefferson - Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary

"If ever time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall 
 possess the highest seats in government, our country will 
 stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin."
 -- Samuel Adams

"So long as the people do not care to exercise their freedom,
 those who wish to tyrannize will do so; for tyrants are active
 and ardent, and will devote themselves in the name of any
 number of gods, religious and otherwise, to put shackles upon
 sleeping men."
 -- Voltaire

"There was one only good, namely, knowledge; and one only evil,
 namely, ignorance."
 -- Socrates 

"Talk of imminent threat to our national security through the
 application of external force is pure nonsense. Indeed it is
 part of the general pattern of misguided policy that our
 country is now geared to an arms economy which was bred in an
 artificially induced psychosis of war hysteria and nurtured
 upon an incessant propaganda of fear." 
 -- General Douglas MacArthur, Speech on May 15, 1951

"Our government has kept us in a perpetual state of fear —
 kept us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervor — with
 the cry of grave national emergency. Always there has been
 some terrible evil at home or some monstrous foreign power
 that was going to gobble us up if we did not blindly rally
 behind it."
 -- General Douglas MacArthur

"The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate
 the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger
 than their democratic State itself. That, in its essence, is 
 Fascism - ownership of government by an individual, by a group
 or by any controlling private power."
 -- FDR

"Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one
 generation away from extinction. It is not ours by
 inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by
 each generation, for it comes only once to a people. Those who
 have known freedom and then lost it have never known it again."
 --Ronald Reagan

"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 S Truman

"For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am 
 willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to
 provide for it.", "Give me Liberty or Give me Death." 
 -- Patrick Henry

"The truth is, all might be free if they valued freedom, and
 defended it as they ought. ... If therefore a people will not
 be free; if they have not virtue enough to maintain their
 liberty against a presumptuous invader, they deserve no pity,
 and are to be treated with contempt and ignominy."
 -- Samuel Adams

"Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who
 mean to be their own governors, must arm themselves with the
 power knowledge gives."
 -- James Madison

"The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and
 judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many,
 and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may
 justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny."
 -- James Madison, Federalist Papers #47

"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will
 make violent revolution inevitable."
 -- John Fitzgerald Kennedy

"We the People are the rightful masters of both congress and
 the courts -- not to overthrow the Constitution, but to
 overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution."
 -- Abraham Lincoln

"We are on the verge of a global transformation.
 All we need is the right major crisis and the nations
 will accept the New World Order."
 -- David Rockefeller - New World Order globalist

"Out of these troubled times, our objective: a new world order
 can emerge, Today, that new world is struggling to be born, 
 a world quite different from the one we have known."
 -- George H. W. Bush told the U.N. on September 11th 1990

"Sarah, if the American people had ever known the truth about
 what we Bushes have done to this nation, we would be chased
 down in the streets and lynched."
 -- George H.W. Bush to reporter Sarah McClendon in 1992 

"We shall have one world government whether or not you 
 like it, by conquest or consent."
 -- CFR member James Warburg before a 
    Senate Foreign Relations Committee February 17, 1950

"Military men are dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns for
 foreign policy."
 -- Henry Kissinger

"Satan and his agents always masquerade as angels of light
 and only the foolish are fooled"
 -- St. Paul

"This notion that the United States is getting ready to attack
 Iran is simply ridiculous...Having said that, all options are
 on the table."
 -– G. W. Bush, February 2005 (Pure Doublespeak)

"I told all four that there were going to be some times where
 we don't agree with each other. But that's OK. If this were a
 dictatorship hehehe [pausing].. it'd  be a heck of a lot easier,
 just so long as  I'm the dictator." 
 -- Gov. George W. Bush (R-TX), President-elect, December 18, 2000

"There ought to be limits to freedom."
 -- G.W. Bush
"Stop throwing the Constitution in my face ... 
 it’s just a goddamned piece of paper!"
 -- G.W. Bush

"You can fool some of the people all of the time,
 and those are the ones you want to concentrate on."
 -- G.W. Bush, Gridiron Club dinner, Wash., D.C. March 2001

"The terrorists are smart and persistant, and so are we
 They will stop at nothing to harm America and neither will we!"
 -- G.W. Bush
"High taxes on the rich are a failed strategy because 
 the really rich people figure out how to dodge taxes anyway."
 -- G.W. Bush, August 10, 2004

"We know that dictators are quick to choose aggression, while
 free nations strive to resolve differences in peace."
 -- G.W. Bush addressing the UN  9-24-2004

"God told me to strike at al Quaeda and I struck them, and then 
 he instructed me to strike at Saddam, which I did."
 -- Dubya

"See in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over
 and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of 
 catapult the propaganda."
 -- George W. Bush, May 26, 2005

"You know I could run for governor but I'm basically a media
 creation. I've never done anything. I've worked for my dad.
 I worked in the oil business. But that's not the kind of 
 profile you have to have to get elected to public office."
 -- George W. Bush 1989

"Terrorism is the best political weapon for nothing drives
 people harder than a fear of sudden death."
 -- Adolf Hitler

"In the size of the lie there is always contained a certain
 factor of credibility, since the great masses of the people....
 will more easily fall victim to a great lie than to a small one."
 -– Hitler, Mein Kampf.

"If you tell a big enough Lie, and keep on repeating it, in the 
 end people will come to believe it."
 -- Josef Goebbels, Hitler's propaganda chief

"It is a quite special secret pleasure how the people around us
 fail to realize what is really happening to them."
 -- Adolf Hitler

"What good fortune for governments that the people do not think."
 -- Adolf Hitler


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