"Ladies and gentlemen,
the very word secrecy is repugnant, in a free and open society, and we are as a people, inherently and historically, opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and secret proceedings.
We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweigh the dangers which are cited to justify it.
Even today there is little value in opposing the threat of a closed society by imitating it's arbitrary restrictions.
Even today there is little value in ensuring the survival of our nation, if our traditions do not survive with it.
And there is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon by those anxious who wish to expand it's meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment.
That I do not intend to permit, to the extent that it is in my control.
And no official of my administration whether his rank as high or low, civilian or military, should interpret my words here tonight, as an excuse to censor the news, to stifle dissent, to cover up our mistakes, or to withhold from the press and the public the facts they deserve to know.
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, upon 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 rumour is printed, no secret is revealed.
Here's the entire speech
The general consensus over the years has been that this speech was mainly about Russia.
What do you think?
I think he was talking about the Fed.
I read up on JFK's plan to put some kind of regulation upon the Federal Reserve. In 1963, 5 months prior to his assassination, he signed Executive Order 11110 which would have removed from the Federal Reserve Bank, the power to loan money to the United States Federal Government at interest.
Here is a great discussion from abovetopsecret about this speech
I hope Ron Paul has someone watching his back. Have you been following his attempts to get congress to Audit the Fed?
MSNBC graciously covered his efforts in a recent article -- UFB!!! OMFG these "journalists" are something else... He's got the majority of the house backing this audit.
senate tries to block the federal reserve audit
Which tells us at least one thing: the problem wasn’t with “legislating” on the bill or violating Senate Rules (which is commonly done). Shooting down the amendment was about preventing a thorough audit of the Federal Reserve for the first time in its history!
Watch the senate try to block the audit here
So, if Mr. Obama wants transparency, then WHY THE FUCK is he not TOTALLY supporting this "Audit the Fed" campaign???
We'd expect nothing less from our Campaign Promise Breaker-in-Chief...but the sheeple don't mind, he's a brilliant speaker with great abs.
(GOTTA LOVE the digg comments!!)
house overwhelming rebukes obama signing statement I'd love to know why there was no rebuking all of bush's signing statements....
I think I had a few more links to add to this post, but I can't think straight anymore.
WHO'S ZOOMING WHO HERE FOLKS? (or is it who's zoomin whom?)