[cryptome] Re: The downside of the Snowden case

  • From: Ben McGinnes <ben@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: cryptome@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 26 Jul 2013 19:26:17 +1000

On 22/07/13 2:31 AM, professor rat wrote:
> " We did it because we loved you " - Markus Wolf, East German KGB head
> "We, the Government, have vital information which we cannot
> disclose. It is upon this knowledge that we make decisions. You, who
> are merely private citizens, have not access to this
> information. Any criticism you make of our policy, any controversy
> about it in which you may indulge will therefore be uninformed and
> valueless. If, in spite of your ignorance, you persist in
> questioning our policy, we can only conclude that you are disloyal."
> Harold Thorby, Australia's defence minister in 1938
> "Naturally the common people don't want war: Neither in Russia, nor
> in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But,
> after all, IT IS THE LEADERS of the country who determine the policy
> and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether
> it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a
> communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be
> brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to
> do is TELL THEM THEY ARE BEING ATTACKED, and denounce the
> peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to
> --Goering

And my favourite (source):

"The Official Secrets Act isn't to protect secrets, Bernard, it's to
protect officials!"

-- Sir Humphrey Appleby, _Yes, Minister_


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