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The 2 Last "Real"
counsels of Government, we must guard against the acquisition of
unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the Military
Industrial Complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced
power exists, and will persist. We must never let the weight of this
combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should
take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can
compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery
of defense with our peaceful methods and goals so that security and
liberty may prosper together."
President Dwight Eisenhower, Feb 1961
|"For we are
opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that
relies primarily on covert means for expanding its sphere of
influence--on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of
elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by
night instead of armies by day. It is a system which has conscripted
vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit,
highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic,
intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations. Its
preparations are concealed, not published. Its mistakes are buried, not
headlined. Its dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is
questioned, no rumor is printed, no secret is revealed. It conducts the
Cold War, in short, with a war-time discipline no democracy would ever
hope or wish to match."
President John F. Kennedy Waldorf-Astoria Hotel New York
City, April 27, 1961
"Any conclusion can be reached about anything - but the value of
that conclusion will be inversely proportional to the amount of