Zitate von John F Kennedy

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 to secret proceedings. We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it. Even today, there is little value in opposing the threat of a closed society by imitating its arbitrary restrictions. Even today, there is little value in insuring 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 to expand its 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 is 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.
It requires a change in outlook, a change in tactics, a change in missions–by the government, by the people, by every businessman or labor leader, and by every newspaper. 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.
— John F. Kennedy, Address before the Press 1961 (Video mit deutscher Übersetzung)

Und so, meine amerikanischen Mitbürger: Fragt nicht, was euer Land für euch tun wird – fragt, was ihr für euer Land tun könnt. Meine Mitbürger in der Welt: Fragt nicht, was Amerika für euch tun wird, sondern fragt, was wir zusammen für die Freiheit des Menschen tun können. — John F. Kennedy, Antrittsrede, 20. Januar 1961, Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung

Wir wollen, dass Informationen frei fließen … Eine Nation, die Angst davor hat, das Volk selbst frei und öffentlich zwischen Wahrheit und Lüge entscheiden zu lassen, hat Angst vor ihrem Volk. — John F. Kennedy, 1962, Universität v. Columbia

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