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I have with me two gods, Persuasion and Compulsion. Themistocles
The man dies in all who keep silent in the face of tyranny. Wole Soyinka
A monarchy is the most expensive of all forms of government, the regal state requiring a costly parade, and he who depends on his own power to rule, must strengthen that power by bribing the active and enterprising whom he cannot intimidate. James F. Cooper
In politics, as in religion, it is equally absurd to aim at making proselytes by fire and sword. Heresies in either can rarely be cured by persecution. Alexander Hamilton
Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far. Theodore Roosevelt
We make war that we may live in peace. Aristotle
The authority of those who teach is often an obstacle to those who want to learn. Marcus Tulliuis Cicero
Universities should be safe havens where ruthless examination of realities will not be distorted by the aim to please or inhibited by the risk of displeasure. Kingman Brewster, Jr.
Power acquired by violence is only a usurpation, and lasts only as long as the force of him who commands prevails over that of those who obey. Denis Diderot
The histories of Tiberius and Caligula, of Claudius and Nero, were falsified, while they remained alive, out of dread–and then after their deaths were composed under the influence of still festering hatreds. Cornelius Tacitus
Islam, as practiced from Malaysia to Morocco, is a shame-based, patriarchal culture that values honor and face-saving from the family to the public square. Which is why the bullying often works to silence critics of Islamic extremism. Asra Nomani
An average of more than one journalist a week has been killed for reasons connected to his or her work. Committee to Protect Journalists
I have a question for those who attacked her! . . . The question is whether you think that after shooting an unarmed and innocent school-going girl you have the right to call yourself a Muslim? Hamid Mir
The judiciary must be independent, impartial and autonomous to impart justice to the people and establish rule of law in the society. Altaf Hussain
America's industrial strength was built on burning coal. No politician wanted to mess with coal. Jeff Goodell
When I look at Ukraine, Putin, an ex KGB officer is using the playbook of the Cold War. He isn't going to try and grab the western part; he's going to maximize his influence, the way we would have done in Chile. That is buying political power, getting agents, influencing the propaganda piece, and increasing intimidation for the east. It's a classic playbook. Jack Devine
This small but seminal meeting in many ways epitomized the brazen yet banal nature of organized antiabortion extremism–a rah-rah atmosphere, like some perverse parody of a pep rally, in which threats of future violence were cloaked as free speech, and past criminal acts were celebrated as valid tools for intimidating fellow citizens. A fringe culture was coalescing. Frederick Clarkson
Track down license plate numbers to obtain addresses of clinic employees, then follow them to supermarkets, hotels, and other public places where they can be confronted. Snap photographs. Run video cameras. Find Social Security numbers and check financial records. Infiltrate clinics by posing as patients. Befriend a clinic worker's son, then preach to him about the sins of his mother. Dig up dirt through court and other government records. File as many lawsuits as possible. Operation Rescue
It there is no check to the freedom of your words, then let your hearts be open to the freedom of our actions. Osama bin Laden
Wanted Dead or Alive for Crimes Against Islam. Yes We Can: A Bullet A Day Keeps the Infidel Away. Defend Prophet Muhammad Peace Be Unto Him Inspire Magazine
Looking back at the worst times [in history], it always seems that they were times in which there were people who believed with absolute faith and absolute dogmatism in something. And they were so serious in the matter that they insisted that the rest of the world agreed with them. Richard P. Feynman
We will fuck him. Do you hear me? We will fuck him. We will ruin him. Like no one has ever fucked him! Karl Rove
There is a systematic plan of destruction of Turkish villages and extinction of the Moslem population. Inter-Allied Commission of Enquiry
Does General Grant think I care what the newspapers say? William Tecumseh Sherman
We may have to ASSASSINATE some of the people you elect on Nov. 7! This could be your LAST ELECTION CHANCE, to save this Republic... Sorry to have to be so blunt, but the country is in mortal danger from our present government and our liberty is already near dead because of this government. If you are too stupid to turn things around with your vote, there are people out here like me who are willing to turn things around with guns, force and violence Hal Turner
No group will ever be able to impose its will on me even if they number thousands. I would still order them to leave the session out of respect for the assembly's regulations. Fathi Sorour
Plea bargaining is a system that is best described as one of condemnation without adjudication. It is a system that replaces trial, which is what our constitution intended, with deals… those deals are coerced. The prosecutor is basically forcing people to waive their rights to jury trial by threatening them with ever greater sanctions if they refuse to plead and instead demand the right to jury trial. John H. Langbein
Judges tend to support the current government not because they necessarily share its views, but because they wish to avoid a worse outcome in which the Congress overrides their decisions. Gretchen Helmke
Comrades! The revolt by the five kulak administrative regions must be suppressed without mercy. The interest of the entire revolution demands this, because we have now before us the "final decisive battle" against the kulaks. We need to set an example. You need to hang (most definitely hang, so that the public sees) at least 100 notorious kulaks, the rich, the bloodsuckers. This needs to be accomplished in such a way, that people for hundreds of miles around will see, tremble, know and scream out: let's choke and strangle those blood-sucking kulaks. Telegraph us acknowledging receipt and execution of this. Yours, Lenin…. P.S. Find some of the tougher people for this. Vladimir Lenin
If I get ‘em by the short and curlies, the hearts and minds will follow. Lyndon B. Johnson
For an Arab to be suspected of a lukewarm adherence to the national cause is to invite a visit from a body of gunmen…. A number of Arabs have asked for British Government protection. Peel Commission
Repression or oppression never yet succeeded in crushing the truth or redressing a wrong. Samuel Gompers
We will definitely not allow the killing of our Iraqi Ambassador to deny us the right to have an ambassador. Ahmed Nazif
The use of rape or sexual intimidation as a means of punishment or retribution, whether by individuals or by groups, is unacceptable in our view. Sean McCormack
Government scientists need protections so that they are not forced to choose between violating their scientific ethics or losing their job. Lexi Shultz
You make yourself ridiculous by thinking you can do anything. The world is divided in two. There are the communists on that side and on this side the free world. The Russians and the Americans, no one else. What are we? Americans. Behind me there is the government, behind the government is NATO, behind NATO is the U.S. You can't fight us, we are Americans. Basil Lambrou
You should be prepared to be bombed back to the stone age. Richard L. Armitage
Peace with a cudgel in hand is war. Portuguese Proverb
18th Century Fox Zero Mostel
Who punishes one threatens a hundred. French Proverb
…if I should once permit such political considerations to interfere with the administration of justice in this office, where could I stop? If I should once begin to allow my official conduct to be swayed by considerations such as those, I feel it would end by eventually leading me wholly astray. Henry L. Stimson
In the international world, when General Electric walks into the room, the Sixth Fleet walks in behind them. Jeff Faux
To freemen, threats are impotent. Marcus Tulliuis Cicero
The very first essential for success is perpetually constant and regular employment of violence. Adolf Hitler
It is a choice between freedom of speech and violent intimidation. It is a choice between tolerance and intolerance. It is ultimately a choice between civil society and theocracy. Fear is the only argument for neutrality. But what can the average American do besides shake their head at this sadly absurd new chapter in the clash of civilizations? Vote with your wallet. Buy Danish. John Avlon
The lesson to be learned from the cartoon incident is “don’t mess with us.” Religion is a major part of our culture. Karim Kawar
People do not have the right to stir up riots and racial hatred, encourage mass hysteria or heap abuse on religion any more than they do to rob, rape, cheat or kill. Arab News
Defending freedom of expression against fundamentalist threats is a cause. It is a matter of principle, whether it involves Rushdie's 'Satanic Verses', a film about veils and the oppression of women or some clumsy drawings in a Danish newspaper Expressen
These cartoons are indeed offensive to the belief of Muslims. We all fully recognize and respect freedom of the press and expression, but it must be coupled with press responsibility. Inciting religious or ethnic hatreds in this manner is not acceptable. Kurtis Cooper
Help the Danes Support Our Freedom. Support Denmark. Anonymous
Muslim consumers, … have a right to boycott whomever they want. Similarly, Western consumers have the right to support whomever they want, and privately owned newspapers have the right to publish cartoons without government interference. If there must be a clash of civilizations and cultures, let it be over these cartoons. The Danish cartoons are as important as fighting for Danzig once was. If the West is unwilling to fight this battle, slavery will inevitably come and slavery will be what it deserves. Paul Belien
I am totally shocked and find it unacceptable that because there have been caricatures in the West, extremists can burn flags or take fundamentalist or extremist positions which would prove the cartoonists right. Philippe Douste-Blazy
It should be crystal clear to all that violence, intimidation, and the calls for boycotts or for restraints on the freedom of the press are completely unacceptable. Franco Frattini
The insult has been established now by everybody, Muslim and non-Muslim, and everybody condemns the cartoonist and condemns the cartoon, ... However, God said, and the messenger Mohammed said, whoever insults a prophet, he must be punished and executed. This man should be put on trial and if it is proven he must be executed. ... If anybody insults the prophet, he will have to take a punishment. If countries refuse to put people on trial for insulting Mohammed they must face the consequences... Mohammed Omar
We don't like to deal with people who are trying to kill the revolution. You need to hire a Republican! Thomas D. DeLay
Laws do not persuade just because they threaten. Lucius Annaeus Seneca
The killing of people is a proper practice because if there is no killing there will be no fear. Anonymous
Silence is health! Anonymous
Do not talk too freely, watch what you say. Do not express your innermost thoughts even when you are alone. What you say in haste you may regret later. Exert yourself to restrain your speech. Anonymous
The only genuine form of democracy is that practiced freely without restrictions, threats or any form of intimidation. Bassam Abu Sharif
Silence coerced by law—the argument of force in its worst form. Louis D. Brandeis
[Rape] is nothing more or less than a conscious process on intimidation by which all men keep all women in a state of fear. Susan Brownmiller
You're out of business! George W. Bush
Good taste, the last and vilest of human superstitions, has succeeded in silencing us where all the rest have failed. Gilbert K. Chesterton
Diplomacy and force are two sides of the same coin. Bill Clinton
It was mother's day. A lot of policemen were at home with their mothers. Eugene 'Bull' Connor
If you write negative things about the civil rights people, God will bless you. If you write positive things about civil rights people, God will punish you. If God does not punish you there are a few people who will do it for Him. Byron De La Beckwith
This memorandum addresses the matter of how we can maximize the fact of our incumbency in dealing with persons known to be active in their opposition to our Administration. Stated a bit more bluntly—how we can use the available federal machinery to screw our political enemies? John Dean
Where suspicion fills the air and holds scholars in line for fear of their jobs, there can be no exercise of the free intellect. Supineness and dogmatism take the place of inquiry. A problem can no longer be pursued to its edges ... discussion often leaves off where it should begin. William O. Douglas
What does it amount to if the Black man, after having been made free by the letter of your law ... is to be subject to the [former] slaveholder's shotgun? Frederick Douglass
I am your anointed Queen. I will never be by violence constrained to do anything. Elizabeth I
I'm a political detainee and will be a political prisoner …. I myself have in a certain sense asked for this detention and this sentence, because I've always refused to change my opinion, for which I would be willing to give my life and not just remain in prison. Antonio Gramsci
To arms Republicans ... Every Republican in Wisconsin should go armed to the polls on Election Day. The grain stacks, houses, and barns of active Democrats should be burned; their children burned and their wives outraged, that they may understand that the Republican party is the one which is bound to rule, and the one they should vote for or keep their vile carcasses away from the polls. If they go to the polls ... meet them on the road, in the bush, on the hill, or anywhere, and shoot every one of the base cowards and agitators. If they are too strong in any locality, and succeed on putting their opposition votes into the ballot box, break open the box and tear in shreds their discord-breathing ballots. Fond du Lac Commonwealth
Bullets, beatings and bombings—not bullshit! Edward Foster
There’s no reason to respect anyone’s word in that part of the world. The only thing they respect is force and the threat of force. Richard Holbrooke
It broke their virginity. Lyndon B. Johnson
The real problem ... is to get to this unfair [press] coverage.... Use the anti-trust division [of the Justice Department] to investigate various media relating to anti-trust violations. Even the threat of anti-trust action I think would be effective in changing their views ... Jeb Stuart Magruder
The problem is the blasphemy law of Islam which condemns to death anyone who criticizes the Koran. This makes it difficult for Moslems who want to reform Moslem society… You do not feel it in the United States, but we do in Europe. There are people who have to live continuously under the protection of guards because they will not submit to Islamic terrorism. Gisele Bat Ye'or
Some must speak and some must be still so that we can listen to the voices of the just and the silence of the sinners. Emilio E. Massera
There are a lot of weak people out there who will say almost anything they think a prosecutor wants them to say to save their skins. Edwin Meese
Such mobilizations are ripe territory for terrorists. It would be a shame to have another contingent of Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo clamoring for their children. Carlos Menem
… the blood flowing from those quivering black bodies as the hippopotamus-hide whip struck again and again; the savage soldiers rushing hither and thither, burning villages; the ghastly tally of severed hands. E. D. Morel
You cannot go on today, nor probably tomorrow. The weather reports are not good and it is part of my instructions to assure your safe arrival at your next stop or I shall be liquidated. Muratov
This reporter approaches the matter with rather fresh memories of friends in Austria, Germany and Italy who either died or went into exile because they refused to admit the right of their government to determine what they should say, read, write or think…. Movies should be judged by what appears on the screen, newspapers by what appears in print and radio by what comes out of the loudspeaker. The personal beliefs of the individuals involved would not seem to be a legitimate field of inquiry. When bankers, or oil or railroad men are hauled before a congressional committee, it is not customary to question them about their beliefs. Edward R. Murrow
People don’t willingly cooperate [with a prosecutor] unless you’ve got something to hold over their heads. Charles La Bella
The country is called to the practice of new customs. The walls and surfaces must be cleaned. But minds too must be cleansed, for that is where the error was born. La Prensa [Argentina]
Many who tried to enlighten were hanged from the lamppost. Stanislaw Jerzy Lec
Gentlemen don't do that. John F. Lehman
All oppressing classes of every description need two social functions to safeguard their domination: the function of a hangman and the function of a priest. The hangman is to quell the protest ... the priest reconciles them to class domination, weans them away from revolutionary actions. Vladimir Lenin
Shut off the poisonous inflow; purify what is here. Ku Klux Klan
Resolved, that whoever shall aid or abet, or in any manner assist, in the introduction of tea from any place whatsoever, into this colony, while it is subject, by a British Act of Parliament, to the payment of a duty, for the purpose of raising a revenue in America, he shall be deemed an enemy to the liberties of America. Association of the Sons of Liberty of New York
Can you be cruel and proud? For a great man among the commonalty, and in particular among such as we shall have to do with, will not be thought anything worth if he be not feared and dreaded, and at times renowned for his cruelty. It is thus that the Flemings wish to be governed; and among them men's lives should be no more valued, nor should they have more pity shown to them, than swallows or larks, which are caught in the proper season for the table. Peter Du Bois
King of England, render account to the King of Heaven of your royal blood. Return the keys of all the good cities which you have seized, to the Maid. She is sent by God to reclaim the royal blood, and is fully prepared to make peace, if you will give her satisfaction; that is, you must render justice, and pay back all that you have taken….King of England, if you do not do these things, I am the commander of the military; and in whatever place I shall find your men in France, I will make them flee the country, whether they wish to or not; and if they will not obey, the Maid will have them all killed Joan of Arc
The Catholic clergy are on the side of slavery. They find it is the dominant power, and pay court thereto that they may rise by its help. They love slavery itself; it is an institution thoroughly congenial to them, consistent with the first principles of their Church … Theodore Parker
The parrot on Rumsfeld’s shoulder. Anonymous
I am the Scourge of God. Attila
People have a right to say what they want without being killed. These Islamic groups have to be stopped. I just can't sit down and do nothing. Nasim Rahnama
Success in diplomacy is often most advantageous when it is incomplete, an adversary needs an honorable path of retreat if we are to achieve our main policy goals through the reputation of our power rather than through the actual use of force. Colin Powell
A commonwealth then is so far independent, as it can plan and provide against oppression by another, and so far dependent on another commonwealth, as it fears that other's power Baruch Spinoza
The Senate is rushing to vote on whether to declare war on Iraq without pausing to ask why. Why is war being dealt with not as a last resort but as a first resort? Robert Byrd
Any action intended to cause death or serious bodily harm to civilians or non-combatants with the purpose of intimidating a population or compelling a government or an international organization to do or abstain from doing any act United Nations
Terrorist groups always want to believe that they represent a general aggrieved group far larger than they really do. Dalia Mogahed
A libertarian is a person who believes that no one has the right, under any circumstances, to initiate force against another human being, or to advocate or delegate its initiation. Those who act consistently with this principle are libertarians, whether they realize it or not. Those who fail to act consistently with it are not libertarians, regardless of what they may claim. L. Neil Smith
There is no provision for judicial review. It is a strangely undemocratic way to bring democracy to the rest of the world. Jameel Jaffer
The president has already decided that terrorists do not receive Geneva Convention protections. You cannot question his decision. David S. Addington
Remember that J. Edgar Hoover’s secret files began in the interests of national security and ended up being used for blackmail. Jack Cafferty
The elections were not free and fair. Many people had registered more than once, and voted several times. Often, men with guns had forced people to vote for Karzai; they had also tried to intimidate me during my election campaign. Massouda Jalal
I must tell you something about the Ku Klux, they are raging on the other side of the River. They have whipped several white men, whipped and killed several Negroes. They whipped Colonel Huggins, the Superintendent of the free schools nearly to death, and everybody rejoiced when they heard it, for everybody hated him. He squandered the public money, buying pianofortes, organs, sofas, and furniture for the Negro School house in Aberdeen. The people are taxed beyond endurance. The Ku Klux gave him seventy lashes, and then gave him ten days to leave the country. he left and went to Jackson. There was a Regiment of Militia came into Aberdeen Friday. They are sent here to put down the Ku Klux. Huggins has come back with the Militia, but I wouldn't give a straw for his life, for he will be killed. It is the opinion of most everybody there will be war. the Yankees coming here will make the Negroes more insolent. With Country full of Yankees, things are going too far, for the free whites of the South are determined not to put up with it. Jennie Webb
Comets, earthquakes, volcanoes, and northern lights (in the night,) with many other extraordinary phenomena or appearances intimidate weak minds, and are by them thought to be miraculous, although they undoubtedly have their proper natural causes. Ethan Allen
An Unjust Decree, or an Unjust Interpretation of the Law, Prompted by Fear of the Throne, or Made by Order of the King, shall be Invalid. Visigoths
No country has the right to impose its will or rule on another by force. Richard Nixon
You can count on violence if any illustration of the Prophet is published. It will cause riots, I predict, from Indonesia to Nigeria. Ibrahim Agboola Gambari
I will call any American who criticizes the administration time of war ‘a BAD American.’ Bill O'Reilly
We must not allow Iran to manipulate the economy of the world because they have a nuclear weapon…. Iran is a clear and present danger to the state of Israel, the United States, and the rest of the world. John Hagee
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We shall be intimidated by no government, however powerful. Ismail Mohamed
All candidates in Van and Hakkari (areas of Turkey) from CHP, MHP, DYP and AKP (political parties) must withdraw themselves and offer their support to Kurdish people. Our people must demonstrate their Kurdishness in the elections. ... Whoever continues the activities we mentioned here will be punished. Whoever damages our movement or our party will not be forgiven in any way. They should know that they are facing death Kurdistan Workers Party; PKK
Why are the Muslim religious leaders silent on the killing of innocent people in the name of religion? Fareed Zakaria
If justice is to lead to bloodshed, what is the use of justice Walid Jumblatt
A premium is sometimes put on impropriety of conduct on the women’s part by the foreman. That is, a woman who will submit or respond to his course jokes and language and evil behaviour receives more work than the woman who feels and shows herself insulted by such conduct, and wishes to preserve her self-respect. The pittance earned by some of these women is earned at the expense of more than only hard toil. Even when this coarseness is confined to language only, it causes deep suffering to some of the women. They feel, they know, that because they are women and therefore regarded as helpless and inferior, they are spoken to as men are not spoken to, and the sting enters their souls. Isabella Ormston Ford
The returns before us indicate the election of ABRAHAM LINCOLN President of the United States. The result anticipated has become a gratifying reality. . . . It is enough that the great fact stands out clearly . . . that LINCOLN is elected president, and that the principle of intimidation, so persistently and wickedly brought to bear on this election by Southern extremists and their allies the Northern Democratic panic makers, has signally failed. . . . All honor to freemen of this Republic; congratulations warm and hearty be theirs, for the great principle of the defense of freedom within the free territories of the United States, to establish which the Republican Party entered upon this canvass, has its complete vindication in signal victory. . . . Stretching out our hands to the South over this victory, we have no word of taunt to utter for the threats of disunion which were raised for our defeat. Let those threats be buried in oblivion; for through the long vista of this success we see a reign of peace from Slavery agitation, established simply by that circumscribing of Slavery within its local bounds, and that firm defense of the integrity of National Freedom, which this triumph of the Republican party on the 6th of November, 1860, seals now and henceforth. New York Enquirer
Intimidation and bribery marked some of the states' selection of senators. Nine bribery cases were brought before the Senate between 1866 and 1906. In addition, forty-five deadlocks occurred in twenty states between 1891 and 1905, resulting in numerous delays in seating senators. In 1899, problems in electing a senator in Delaware were so acute that the state legislature did not send a senator to Washington for four years. U. S. Senate
I bend but do not break. Jean de La Fontaine
Under a tyranny, most friends are a liability. One quarter of them turn "reasonable" and become your enemies, one quarter are afraid to speak, and one quarter are killed and you die with them. But the blessed are the final quarter keep you alive. Sinclair Lewis
It's the way we are - our people show their respect to their leaders by keeping quiet. It is considered rude to speak your mind. Graeme Leung
I ordered the [Indian] prisoners to be tomahawked in front of the garrison. George Rogers Clark
I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashions. Lillian Hellman
There is no functional difference between censorship and the threat of censorship. Barbara Hall
Anyone who wears a badge has the government’s go-ahead to harass, intimidate, even murder law-abiding citizens Wayne LaPierre
In Malaysia, everybody knows that Malays are the masters of this land. We rule this country as provided for in the federal constitution. Any one who touches upon Malay affairs or criticizes Malays is offending our sensitivities Azimi Daim
If the blacks make war upon us they must abide by the awful retribution that will follow George Washington Gordon
Believe in: the inalienable right of self-preservation of the people against the exercise of arbitrary and unlicensed power, the restitution of the Southern people to all their rights, the reenfranchisement and emancipation of the white men of the South, maintaining the constitutional rights of the South, favoring of a white man's government, opposing Negro equality both social and political. May not be: a Republican, a Union Army veteran, or a member of the Loyal League George Washington Gordon
That's a good thing; that's a damn good thing. We can use that to keep the niggers in their place. Nathan Bedford Forrest
Grand Wizard Grand Dragon Grand Titan Grand Cyclops Ku Klux Klan
I find myself, the author of a book written to promote a wider understanding of Islam, under a death threat and in need of protection. CAIR has put my life in peril. Its actions are the culmination of a campaign meant to intimidate and silence not only me, but any Muslim in America who would speak out in favor of freedom, tolerance, and dialogue. Khalid Duran
We call on the governments of the world to reject Sharia law, fatwa courts, clerical rule, and state-sanctioned religion in all their forms; oppose all penalties for blasphemy and apostasy, in accordance with Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human rights; eliminate practices, such as female circumcision, honor killing, forced veiling, and forced marriage, that further the oppression of women; protect sexual and gender minorities from persecution and violence; reform sectarian education that teaches intolerance and bigotry towards non-Muslims; and foster an open public sphere in which all matters may be discussed without coercion or intimidation. St. Petersburg Declaration
It was so surprising to me when we hosted the woman-led prayer in New York in 2005 and we got death threats. People actually called my house and my parents. And they were Muslims--people who knew me, who threatened my physical safety and threatened the physical safety of my friends and family. Somebody traced one of the emails and it was a 16-year-old Muslim kid who lived in the same state. We need to rigorously not be allowing that type of stuff. Saleemah Abdul-Ghafur
Kufr and Islam are opposed to each other. The progress of one is possible only at the expense of the other and co-existences between these two contradictory faiths in unthinkable. The honor of Islam lies in insulting kufr and kafirs. One who respects kafirs, dishonors the Muslims (unbelievers)…. They should be kept at an arm's length, like dogs. ... If some worldly business cannot be performed without them, in that case only a minimum of contact should be established with them but without taking them into confidence…. They should constantly remain terrified and trembling. It is intended to hold them under contempt and to uphold the honor and might of Islam. Ahmad Sirhindi
My answer is Yes, but my judgment is No. Lyndon B. Johnson
We are not a paid bunch of bullies. Our job is to get the facts. John Dingell
It is forbidden to work as a teacher under the current puppet regime, because this strengthens the system of the infidels …. If a teacher refuses a warning to give up his job, he must be beaten…. If the teacher still continues to instruct contrary to the principles of Islam, the district commander or a group leader must kill him. Taliban
May we at this stage remind our Muslim brothers that they do not have the monopoly of violence in this nation. Nigeria belongs to all of us –-- Christians, Muslims and members of other faiths. No amount of intimidation can Change this time-honored arrangement in this nation. The Christian Association of Nigeria. may no longer be able to contain our restive youths should this ugly trend continue. Peter Akinola
The media are desperately afraid of being accused of bias. And that's partly because there's a whole machine out there, an organized attempt to accuse them of bias whenever they say anything that the Right doesn't like. So rather than really try to report things objectively, they settle for being even-handed, which is not the same thing. One of my lines in a column -- in which a number of people thought I was insulting them personally -- was that if Bush said the Earth was flat, the mainstream media would have stories with the headline: 'Shape of Earth--Views Differ.' Then they'd quote some Democrats saying that it was round. Paul Krugman
The author of the Satanic Verses book, which is against Islam, the Prophet and the Koran, and all those involved in its publication who were aware of its content, are sentenced to death. I ask all Muslims to execute them wherever they find them. Ruhollah Khomeini
The cause is not worth dying for. Jared Ingersoll
We journalists in America take it for granted that we are not going to be killed for our work. Unfortunately, this is not true elsewhere in the world. Joan Mower
We can destabilize your government and make a horrible example out of you Henry A. Kissinger
This is about standing for fundamental values that have been the foundation for the development of Western democracies over several hundred years, and we are now in a situation where those values are being challenged. I think some of the Muslims who have reacted very strongly to these cartoons are being driven by totalitarian and authoritarian impulses, and the nature of these impulses is that if you give in once they will just put forward new requirements. We do not apologize for printing the cartoons. It was our right to do so. Flemming Rose
Peace treaties signed by the vanquished are not freely signed. Men sign with a knife at their throat, they sign in spite of themselves, in order to avoid still greater losses Francois Fenelon
Even if this is the scoop of your life, you will not air this. It will remain in your recorder… You too... Otherwise this will be your last story. That would be a pity. Don’t let this be your last story. Benny Gantz
Once you “volunteer” and engage in self-censorship something happens to your conscience. Yousi Fouda
My heart lies with the workers. Benjamin Fine
In order for a corrupt system to prevail, numerous other rights are likely to be restricted in the areas of political participation and access to justice. The need for the corrupt to protect themselves and their cronies undermines the electoral process, leads to intimidation and manipulation of the press and compromises the independence of the judiciary …. Especially disturbing is the impunity that covers up so many of these acts. Mary Robinson
We kill the chickens to scare the monkeys. Chinese Proverb
It must be thoroughly understood that war is a necessity, and that the more readily we accept it, the less will be the ardor of our opponents. Thucydides
To win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill Sun Tzu
Here shall the Press the People's right maintain, Unawed by influence and unbribed by gain; Here Patriot Truth her glorious precepts draw, Pledged to Religion, Liberty, and Law. Joseph Story
Employers crave the power to fire workers whose performance is judged inferior-not just to get rid of those particular workers, but more importantly to motivate and discipline the rest of the workforce. Jim Stanford
In relation to the Dagestani and other bands which obstruct the movements of trains from the North Caucasus, you must be absolutely merciless. A number of their villages should be set on fire and burned to the ground so as to teach them not to make raids on trains. Joseph Stalin
Four walls are three too many for a prison — you only need one for an execution Juan Domingo de Monteverde y Rivas
You only have power over people so long as you don’t take everything away from them. But when you’ve robbed a man of everything he’s no longer in your power — he’s free again. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
We are asked to permit a hundred men to go round to the house of a man who wishes to exercise the common law right in this country to sell his labour where and when he chooses, and to 'advise' him or 'peacefully persuade' him not to work. If peaceful persuasion is the real object, why are a hundred men required to do it? ... Every honest man knows why trade unions insist on the right to a strong numerical picket. It is because they rely for their objects neither on peacefulness nor persuasion. Those whom they picket cannot be peacefully persuaded. They understand with great precision their own objects, and their own interests, and they are not in the least likely to be persuaded by the representatives of trade unions, with different objects and different interests. But, though arguments may never persuade them, numbers may easily intimidate them. And it is just because argument has failed, and intimidation has succeeded, that the Labour Party insists upon its right to picket unlimited in respect of numbers. Frederick Elwin Smith Birkenhead
Fear is in almost all cases a wretched instrument of government, and ought in particular never to be employed against any order of men who have the smallest pretensions to independency. Adam Smith
I intend to do what little one man can do to awaken the public conscience, and in the meantime I am not frightened by your menaces. I am not a giant physically; I shrink from pain and filth and vermin and foul air, like any other man of refinement; also, I freely admit, when I see a line of a hundred policeman with drawn revolvers flung across a street to keep anyone from coming onto private property to hear my feeble voice, I am somewhat disturbed in my nerves. But I have a conscience and a religious faith, and I know that our liberties were not won without suffering, and may be lost again through our cowardice. I intend to do my duty to my country. Upton Sinclair
A political woman loses her beauty within a year. Joseph Addison
… negotiating with America is like shaking hands with Satan, and dancing with wolves, because the Americans are interested in negotiations for negotiations' sake....By negotiating with us, they are trying to intimidate the world of Islam and the Islamic movements, saying: "Even Islamic Iran, which you follow and which serves as your model, eventually had no choice but to get along with us.” Hossein Shariatmadari
I have been enjoined by this Holy Office altogether to abandon the false opinion which maintains that the sun is the center and immovable, and forbidden to hold, defend, or teach the said false doctrine in any manner, and after it hath been signified to me that the said doctrine is repugnant with the Holy Scripture, I have written and printed a book, in which I treat of the same doctrine now condemned, and adduce reasons with great force in support of the same, without giving any solution, and therefore have been judged grievously suspected of heresy; that is to say, that I held and believed that the sun is the center of the universe and is immovable, and that the earth is not the center and is movable; willing, therefore, to remove from the minds of your Eminences, and of every Catholic Christian, this vehement suspicion rightfully entertained toward me, with a sincere heart and unfeigned faith, I abjure, curse, and detest the said errors and heresies, and generally every other error and sect contrary to Holy Church; and I swear that I will never more in future say or assert anything verbally, or in writing, which may give rise to a similar suspicion of me; but if I shall know any heretic, or anyone suspected of heresy, that I will denounce him to this Holy Office, or to the Inquisitor or Ordinary of the place where I may be; I swear, moreover, and promise, that I will fulfill and observe fully, all the penances which have been or shall be laid on me by this Holy Office. Galileo Galilei
There is social intimidation by the self-appointed brigades of the thought police… they exist in every society, whether they are of the religious, nationalistic or atheistic variety. Dogmatists, who are convinced that they know better, that only the way they think is acceptable and who would deprive others of their right to hear differing and discordant voices.. They try to achieve this by either silencing the author or scaring away the public. Ismail Serageldin
How do we protect free speech, when it may well be seen by the majority of the population as something that undermines the “just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare…? Legislating against free speech is always dangerous. Worse, in some countries and contexts, lawsuits have been used to harass those who hold dissenting or contrarian views. Ismail Serageldin
Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. Dag Hammarskjold
You’ll be free or you will die. Harriet Tubman
Scientific men are under definite obligation to experiment upon animals so far as that is the alternative to random and possibly harmful experimentation upon human beings, and so far as such experimentation is a means of saving human life and of increasing human vigor and efficiency. John Dewey
When the prison, stake or scaffold can no longer silence the voice of the protesting minority, progress moves on a step, but not until then. Lucy E. Parsons
In the midst of the exultant joy that is pervading our country … you will be very happy if … in accord with the true will of the Fuhrer you may be allowed to support the decision of his now united people with all your strength. Erwin Schrodinger
Only 7 percent of the of Republican professors believed that there was serious discrimination on campus against people with right-wing views. John Marion Tierney
The law can be used very easily to harass, and enough harassment on somebody who is on the thin edge anyway … will generally be sufficient to cause his professional decease. L. Ron Hubbard
The action of President Roosevelt in entertaining that nigger will necessitate our killing a thousand niggers in the South before they learn their place again. Benjamin Ryan Tillman
Weakness and ambivalence lead to war George W. Bush
I have waited a while before saying anything about the Un-American Activities Committee's current investigation of the Hollywood film industry. I would not be very much surprised if some writers or actors or stagehands, or what not, were found to have Communist leanings, but I was surprised to find that, at the start of the inquiry, some of the big producers were so chicken-hearted about speaking up for the freedom of their industry. Eleanor Roosevelt
As an active privilege, it [freedom of speech] ranks with the privilege of committing murder; we may exercise it if we are willing to take the consequences. Mark Twain
A power over a man's subsistence amounts to a power over his will. Alexander Hamilton
What seems fair enough against a squalid huckster of bad liquor may take on a different face, if used by a government determined to suppress political opposition under the guise of sedition Learned Hand
Southern trees bear a strange fruit, Blood on the leaves and blood at the root, Black body swinging in the Southern breeze, Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees. Pastoral scene of the gallant South, The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth, Scent of magnolia sweet and fresh, Then the sudden smell of burning flesh! Here is fruit for the crows to pluck, For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck, For the sun to rot, for the trees to drop, Here is a strange and bitter crop. Billie Holiday
'The national revolution has started. The building is guarded by six hundred heavily armed men. The barracks of the Reichswehr [army forces] and police have been occupied. Reichswehr and police are now on the march under the swastika banner! Adolf Hitler
Extremists think "communication" means agreeing with them. Leo Rosten
War and unrest appeal to me more than good bourgeois order. Brutality is respected, the people need wholesome fear. They want to fear someone. They want someone to frighten them and make them shudderingly submissive. Ernst Rohm
The paramount question of the day is not political, is not religious, but is economic. The crying-out demand of today is for a circle of principles that shall forever make it impossible for one man to control another by controlling the means of his existence. Voltairine de Cleyre
… judges need to be intimidated. They need to uphold the Constitution. If they don't behave we're going to go after them in a big way. Tom DeLay
Fighting terrorism cannot allow one to be intimidated….We must take this fight to the terrorists. Condoleeza Rice
People may oppose you, but when they realize you can hurt them, they'll join your side. Condoleeza Rice
The guillotine governs. Bertrand Barere de Vieuzac
Liberty is a virgin whose veil it is not lawful to lift Bertrand Barere de Vieuzac
However profound our differences as Americans over difficult issues such as abortion, they cannot be resolved by heinous acts of violence. Barack Obama
Those who dare to speak out about major public events may not receive tangible benefits, but they receive the very considerable reward of high moral reputation among fellow Chinese as well as in the international community. Liu Xiaobo
We are not calling for war, but we will never permit our water security ... to be threatened. Mohammed Morsi
The government’s prosecution of me was intent not on serving justice but on meeting out retaliation, reprisal and retribution for the purpose of relentlessly punishing a whistleblower and warning potential whistlebowers so that you can not only lose your job but also your very freedom. Thomas A. Drake
My distress is that our friends in East Tennessee are being hanged and driven to despair, and even now I fear, are thinking of taking rebel arms for the sake of personal protection. In this we lose the most valuable stake we have in the South Abraham Lincoln
The general temper of the People, as well here as other parts of America, is very warm. They look upon the Chastisement of Boston to be purposely vigorous, and held up by way of intimidation to all America; and in short that Boston is suffering in the Common Cause. John Penn
You can try and kill my body but you cannot kill my cause. Malala Yousafzai
I really do not believe that an intelligence organization in this government is able to deliver an honest analytical product without facing the risk of political contention. John Huizenga
I want you to know that I'm not only in charge of the newspaper but every piece of news that goes out, and I don't like these gun laws, and I don't want you to vote for them. Ray Stafford
Caravan of Death Anonymous
It is better to support the prophet by attacking those who slander him than it is to travel to a land of Jihad like Iraq or Afghanistan. Anwar al-Awlaki
Any Moslem political official who would not support the United States is a target legally authorized for action by statute for CIA political action Archibald Bulloch Roosevelt Jr.
We have been fishing these waters for 150 years. The EU will not decide what we are doing in our waters. Kaj Leo Johannesen
Knowing what an opponent values is a necessary condition for deterrence success. Thomas Schelling
… deterrence success is heavily dependent both on signaling the adversary on your intentions and on that adversary interpreting your signals correctly. Communications, through words and deeds, is thus central to a deterrence relationship. David P. Auerswald
Our enemies are emboldened by signs of weakness. Rudolph W. Giuliani
Remember, little girl, I’m like the thorn tree that flowers on the plain. I waft my scent to passers-by and prick he who shakes me. Don’t mess with me, Condoleezza. Don’t mess with me, girl. Hugo Chavez
The duration and scale of the Chinese past allow Chinese leaders to use the mantle of an almost limitless history to evoke a certain modesty in their opposite number. Henry A. Kissinger
Soft power … cannot accomplish much in the absence of a willingness to use hard power. Daniel Drezner
I have tried to write about this matter without any improper bias, but of course we are all cowards about newspapers who tyrannize over us all. William Henry Moody
I am not going to answer any questions as to my association, my philosophical or religious beliefs or my political beliefs, or how I voted in any election, or any of these private affairs. I think these are very improper questions for any American to be asked, especially under such compulsion as this. Pete Seeger
Food is a weapon. Food is a ... tool in the kit of American diplomacy. Earl Butz
… negotiating with America is like shaking hands with Satan, and dancing with wolves, because the Americans are interested in negotiations for negotiations' sake....By negotiating with us, they are trying to intimidate the world of Islam and the Islamic movements, saying: "Even Islamic Iran, which you follow and which serves as your model, eventually had no choice but to get along with us.” Hossein Shariatmadari
He intimidated me. When Lyndon Johnson would call on the phone, I would perspire. He knew how to intimidate you and liked it. Robert Strauss
Unfortunately even the President of the United States of America has made little of his high office, and he too, either through lack of information or other reasons, has lent himself to the campaign of pressure and intimidation against Guatemala Jacobo Arbenz Guzman
It’s not that Obama compromised too easily. He treated too lightly the people and forces determined to destroy him. They spat in his face and didn’t even get ticketed for a misdemeanor. Bill Moyers
I am not on trial here, Mr. Chairman. This committee is on trial here before the American people. Let us get that straight. John Howard Lawson
Self-censorship as a result of intimidation or social pressures, sometimes referred to as “political correctness”, constitutes a serious obstacle to the proper functioning of democracy. It is important to hear the views of all persons including the “silent majority”, and to give heed to the weaker voices. Alfred Maurice de Zayas
Fear creates fear. Elizabeth I
I don’t think that the Fed [Federal Reserve] ever can be or should be a prisoner of the markets. Janet Yellen
One active campaign, a smart action, and burning two or three their towns, will set everything to rights. John Pitcairn
There is a basic failure to understand the Israeli condition in its complexity. On the one hand Israel is really intimidated [threatened with extinction] like no other industrial democracy, On the other hand, it is an occupying power. People on the left … usually concentrate on occupation and ignore intimidation. People on the right concentrate on intimidation and ignore occupation. The truth is we have to wrestle with both Ari Shavit
… a visceral fear of appeasement has led to entirely avoidable disasters Daniel Larison
What is the rush? Is all of this done out of fear? Is the Congress of the United States to yield to threats of further demonstrations by minority group leaders—blackmail if you will? …. Is the Congress to comply by legislation with the demands and even riots of every organized minority group in the country? William Colmer
It is not force or fear, but belief in the inherent equality of man induces me to support this legislation. William Moore McCulloch
Now for the first time … we had… reached the situation where a newly-elected Government with a mandate from the people was being told, not so much by the Governor of the Bank of England, but by the international speculators that the policies on which we fought the election could not be implemented, that the Government was to be forced into the adoption of Tory policies to which it was fundamentally opposed. He had to admit that was what his argument meant, because of the sheer compulsion of the economic dictation of those who exercised decisive economic power. Harold Wilson
The American people are not—I repeat—not going to tolerate intimidation, terror, and outright acts of war against this nation and its people. We are especially not going to tolerate these attacks from outlaw states run by the strangest collection of misfits, Looney Tunes, and squalid criminals since the advent of the Third Reich. Ronald Reagan
The concern that you have raised is one that I frankly share. And I'm not talking about HSBC now, because that may not be appropriate. But I am concerned that the size of some of these institutions becomes so large that it does become difficult for us to prosecute them when we are hit with indications that if you do prosecute, if you do bring a criminal charge, it will have a negative impact on the national economy, perhaps even the world economy. And I think that is a function of the fact that some of these institutions have become too large. Eric Holder
Turkey jails more journalists than any other country in the world—more than China, more than Iran Dexter Filkins
No country can decide for another county. Hassan Rouhani
Let me be clear to you, if you ever do that again, I’ll throw you off the fucking balcony…. I will break you in half. Michael Grimm
There are not enough Yankees between Cape Cod and Hell to prevent Southern people from doing as they please with the Negro. Benjamin Ryan Tillman
Do not let [“Big”] Bill Hayward and the Industrial Workers of the World terrorize President, Congress, Judge and Juries. James W. Van Cleave
Stopping people you don’t trust is an essential ingredient. It is part of owning and governing the territory you’re patrolling Franklin E. Zimring
Reconstruction did not fail. It was overthrown. Douglas R. Egerton
The Artillery Barrage: The last reasoning of Kings. Armand Jean du Plessis; Cardinal
I had rather take my chance that some traitors will escape detection than spread abroad a spirit of general suspicion and distrust, which accepts rumor and gossip in place of undismayed and unintimidated inquiry. Learned Hand
Any woman who stays with her abuser beyond the first incident is complicitous with him. Camille Paglia; Camile
Hang (hang without fail, so the people see) no fewer than one hundred known kulaks, rich men, bloodsuckers. Vladimir Lenin; Nikolai
I will get that fellow’s scalp if it’s the last thing I ever do.. Thomas Collier Platt
I don’t think that they would have allowed me to make The Best Years of Our Lives just a few years after I made it [in 1946]. William Wyler
The demands of Germany may require too much sacrifice of the rights of others for them to be granted, but for the peace of the world they must be considered with the utmost seriousness, and it is difficult to escape the conclusion that sooner or later some of them will have to receive satisfaction. Archibald Cary Coolidge
This farm I trust will not be tenanted by any man …. If such a traitor to your cause enters this part of the country, … keep your eyes fixed upon him—point him our—and if a pig of his falls into a boghole, let it lie there. Michael Davitt
Convicted Spy!!! The penalty for all who associate with Auxiliary Cadets, Black and Tans and IRC — IRA Beware Irish Republican Army
They [the Patriots] mean to bring these charges forward with the publicity possible and to terrify him [the Monarch William V] with the idea that his conduct has been so highly criminal against the state that his head is liable to be brought to the block. His imagination is already strongly impressed with this dread and in convening with me, he has often said that the Patriots mean to treat him as the [English] Republicans did Charles I. [Beheaded him.] James Harris
… till France is ready, nothing will provoke her to quarrel with us; and that when she is ready, nothing will prevent it. Of course … she will not go to war for the sake of this country [Holland] and that if England was to threaten and to threaten seriously, France would shrink from the challenge. James Harris
Any inhabitant of soldier in the service of Holland who opposes the orders of the Revolutionary Government will be punished by death as a rebel and traitor to his country. Herman Willem Daendels
The implicit bargain that is offered to citizens: Pose no challenge and you have nothing to worry about. Mind your own business, and support or at least tolerate what we do, and you’ll be fine. Put differently, you must refrain from provoking the authority that wields surveillance powers if you wish to be deemed free of wrongdoing. This is a deal that invites passivity, obedience, and conformity. Glenn Greenwald
Compulsory unification of opinion achieves only the unanimity of the graveyard. Robert Houghwout Jackson
We could have beaten John Kennedy on Civil Rights. We can’t beat Lyndon Johnson. He’s a man who understands power and how to use it. He’ll tear your arm off at the shoulder and beat you over the head with it, but he’ll get the votes. We’re going to lose to Lyndon Johnson. Richard B. Russell Jr.
With the present state of the Egyptian judiciary, they [the government] can convict anybody of anything. David Kiirkpatrick
[The Barbary States] were a deep designing artful treacherous set of Villains and nothing will keep them so quiet as a respectable naval force near then. Edward Preble
It [the treaty with Algeria] has been dictated at the mouths of our cannon.. Stephen Decatur
I, very early thought it would be best to effect a peace through the medium of war. Thomas Jefferson
The Czechoslovakian partition amounted to the complete surrender of the Western Democracies to the Nazi threat of force. Winston Churchill
I am sorry Mr. President, but I don’t agree with that at all! George C. Marshall
If we did not give the third term a green light, we were going to be in for trouble. We had convened earlier on April 30, as judges of the constitutional court to look at the provisions of the law, the Constitution and the Arusha Peace Accord to ascertain if indeed Nkurunziza was eligible to stand for another term in office and we found that he did not qualify for one. We went home with a plan of returning the next day to sign the decision, but that same evening all judges started receiving threatening phone calls. On May 1, feeling threatened, the judges decided to sign a document clearing Nkurunziza to seek another term Sylvere Nimpagaritse
When the envoys of Western countries come to the foreign office, they no longer behave in a courteous manner; they shout abuse at the drop of a hat. Weng Tonghe
We may use or release terrorist groups to seek revenge. Mohamed Atta al-Moula Abbas
Whenever a Christian has a dispute with a heathen, no matter what the subject in question may be, the quarrel is promptly taken up by the priest, who if he cannot himself intimidate the local officials and compel them to give right to the Christian, represents the case as one of persecution when … it is appealed. Then is redress rigorously extorted, without the least reference to the justice of the demand. Arthur H. Smith
Without the punishment of the Death by a Thousand Cuts, I am afraid people in China would have nothing to fear … and before long there would be more and more criminals, and it would be hard to ensure peace and stability. Prince Gong
Death By A Thousand Cuts Anonymous
A typical member of Congress devotes several hours a day to asking for contributions and several more to worrying about how her donors will feel about her votes on the floor. Max Ehrenfreund
State intervention in the literary realm went far beyond the blue-penciling of texts. It extended to the shaping of literature itself as a force at work throughout the social order. If states wielded such power in the age of print, what will restrain them from abusing it in the age of the Internet? Jonathan Yardley
… most censorship took place in the heads of writers, and what the writers failed to cut usually got filtered out by editors in publishing houses. Robert Darnton
In 1917, with the Bolsheviks, you had intra-elite conversations about what the country should be doing. You had arguments. Under Stalin, you didn’t really. But then after Stalin, you started having those arguments again. Keith Gessen
Wonder Woman is not sufficiently dressed. National Organization for Decent Literature
Small countries such as Belgium would be well-advised to rally to the side of the strong if the wish to retain their independence. Wilhelm II
I wish I could send some of my Storm Troopers to Chicago and other big American Cities to help in the elections. We look to Heinrich Ford as the leader of the growing Fascist movement in America …. We have had his anti-Jewish articles translated and published. The book is being circulated in millions throughout Germany. Adolph” “Hitler
We cannot have a society in which some dictator somewhere can impose censorship here in the United States. Barack Obama
One of the problems is that there are people in the shadows. There are people afraid of their own government William Weld
You should never let your fears prevent you from doing what you know is right. Aung San Suu Kyi
When leaders use words to bludgeon and not to persuade, when opinion supersedes fact and people stop listening to one another, we have, the perfect conditions for the true demagogue. [Donald] Trump is running hard for that role. Jeff Shesol
In 1711, in South Carolina, several Negroes ran away from their masters and kept out, armed, robbing and plundering houses and plantations, and putting the inhabitants of the province in great fear and terror. Edwin C. Holland
The Negroes who came to America directly from Africa in the eighteenth century were strikingly different from those whom generations of servitude later made comparatively docile. They were wild and turbulent in disposition and were likely at any moment to take revenge for the great wrong that had been inflicted upon them. The planters in the South knew this and lived in constant fear of uprisings. When the situation became too threatening, they placed prohibitive duties on importations [of Slaves], and they also sought to keep their slaves in subjection by barbarous and cruel modes of punishment, both crucifixion and burning being legalized in some early codes. On sea as well as on land Negroes frequently rose upon those who held them in bondage, and sometimes they actually won their freedom. Benjamin Griffith Brawley
America today is becoming a Prosecutocracy. Prosecutors have the power when over 97 percent of the convictions are without trial. Conrad Black
Fear is a good thing. Fear is going to lead you to take action. Steve Bannon
I’m sorry about how I treated you just now but my Nurse is a real Nazi. Theodor Morell
The role of Senators has abruptly gone from "Advise and Consent" to "Sit Down and Shut Up" Samantha Bee
‘Sir, executions are intended to draw spectators,’ said Dr Johnson. ‘If they do not draw spectators, they don’t answer their purpose.’ Samuel Johnson
The President [Donald Trump] asked me to look you square in the eye and to say taht he hoped you voted no on this bill so he could run a primary challanger against you in 2018, Mick Mulvaney
By November 2016, Turkey had more journalists in jail than any country in the world. As many as 150 journalists, one-third of the total jailed worldwide, were imprisoned. More than 160 media outlets were closed by the end of 2016. Turkey uses a variety of techniques to suppress criticism. Journalists are prosecuted for terrorism, insulting public officials, or crimes against the state. Threats and physical attacks occur. Officials interfere with editorial independence and pressure media organizations to fire critical journalists. The government also exerts financial pressure. For example, the Dogan Group, which owns Hurriyet and CNN Turk, was penalized $3.2 billion in tax arrears. Turkish courts and regulators issue gag orders on specific topics. A ban on allegations of MIT involvement in weapons shipments to Syria was imposed in February 2014. Another was issued in March 2014, restricting dissemination of leaked audio recordings of national security meetings. Can Dundar, editor in chief of Cumhurriyet was sentenced to five years for reporting on MIT’s weapons transfers to ISIS in Syria. David L. Phillips (International Affairs)
Turkey still has one of the highest number of imprisoned journalists in the world. European Parliament
Terrour...made short warres Thomas Dale
First erected over 166 years after the founding of our city and 19 years after the end of the Civil War, the monuments that we took down were meant to rebrand the history of our city and the ideals of a defeated Confederacy. It is self-evident that these men did not fight for the United States of America, They fought against it. They may have been warriors, but in this cause they were not patriots. These statues are not just stone and metal. They are not just innocent remembrances of a benign history. These monuments purposefully celebrate a fictional, sanitized Confederacy; ignoring the death, ignoring the enslavement, and the terror that it actually stood for. After the Civil War, these statues were a part of that terrorism as much as a burning cross on someone’s lawn; they were erected purposefully to send a strong message to all who walked in their shadows about who was still in charge in this city. Mitch Landrieu
If people knew the details about terrorism, they would not leave the house. John F. Kelly
The question here arises, Whether the barons and the people intended that those peers (the jury) should be mere puppets in the hands of the king, exercising no opinion of their own as to the intrinsic merits of the accusations they should try, or the justice of the laws they should be called on to enforce? Whether those haughty and victorious barons, when they had their tyrant king at their feet, gave back to him his throne, with full power to enact any tyrannical laws he might please, reserving only to a jury...the contemptible and servile privilege of ascertaining, (under the dictation of the king, or his judges, as to the laws of evidence), the simple fact whether those laws had been transgressed? Was this the only restraint, which, when they had all power in their hands, they placed upon the tyranny of a king, whose oppressions they had risen in arms to resist? Was it to obtain such a charter as that, that the whole nation had united, as it were, like one man, against their king? Was it on such a charter that they intended to rely, for all future time, for the security of their liberties? No. They were engaged in no such senseless work as that. On the contrary, when they required him to renounce forever the power to punish any freeman, unless by the consent of his peers, they intended those peers should judge of, and try, the whole case on its merits, independently of all arbitrary legislation, or judicial authority, on the part of the king. In this way they took the liberties of each individual -- and thus the liberties of the whole people -- entirely out of the hands of the king, and out of the power of his laws, and placed them in the keeping of the people themselves. And this it was that made the trial by jury the palladium of their liberties. The trial by jury, be it observed, was the only real barrier interposed by them against absolute despotism. Could this trial, then, have been such an entire farce as it necessarily must have been, if the jury had had no power to judge of the justice of the laws the people were required to obey? Did it not rather imply that the jury were to judge independently and fearlessly as to everything involved in the charge, and especially as to its intrinsic justice, and thereon give their decision, (unbiased by any legislation of the king,) whether the accused might be punished? The reason of the thing, no less than the historical celebrity of the events, as securing the liberties of the people, and the veneration with which the trail by jury has continued to be regarded, notwithstanding its essence and vitality have been almost entirely extracted from it in practice, would settle the question, if other evidences had left the matter in doubt. Lysander Spooner
Algorithms are opinions embedded in code. It’s really different from what you think most people think of algorithms. They think algorithms are objective and true and scientific. That’s a marketing trick. It’s also a marketing trick to intimidate you with algorithms, to make you trust and fear algorithms because you trust and fear mathematics. A lot can go wrong when we put blind faith in big data. Cathy O'Neil
One should never, ever remain silent for fear of complexity, Elif Safak
I believe in equal rights for all citizens and I believe the tax money that is now going for war and armaments and the militarization of our country could be better used to give everyone in the United States a secure standard of living. Virginia Foster Durr
We must have a free press. If we are to maintain democracxy as we know it, we must have a free and adversarial press.... That's how dictoators get power [by intimidating, restriciting and censoring the press.] John McCain
If you draw [red] lines and then don't respect them, you diminish your credibility. Joe Biden
It is with no pleasure that I have dipped my hands in the corruption here exposed. Somebody must show that the Afro-American race is more sinned against than sinning, and it seems to have fallen upon me to do so. Ida B. Wells
Nobody in this section of the country believes the threadbare old lie that Negro men rape white women. Lynching is an excuse to get rid of Negroes who were acquiring wealth and property and thus keep the race terrorized and ‘the nigger down,’ ” she wrote in a journal. Ida B. Wells
You can do everthing in Turkey but the price is very high. You have to pay the price however.... It might mean jail or it might mean death. So you have to think very carefully. Can Dundar
In the final analysis, power is based on fear. Trump Donald Trump
There are no longer opponents of Putin's policy, and if there are, they are mentally ill and should be sent to prophylactic health examination. Aleksandr Dugin