Gold ink on black board.

18 in x 24 in

2012

From his speech to the

Text: American Newspaper Publishers Association on April 27, 1961

 

"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 to secret proceedings…

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… 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. It’s mistakes are buried, not headlined. Its dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned, no rumor is printed, no secret is revealed…

That is why the Athenian lawmaker, Solon, decreed it a crime for any citizen to shrink from controversy… I am asking your help in the tremendous task of informing and alerting the American people…Confident that with your help, man will be what he was born to be, free and independent."