Quotes by Presidents

Address at The American University, Washington D.C. (10 June 1963)
Cuban Missile Crisis speech (22 October 1962)
Commencement address, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut (11 June 1962)
Address to Latin American diplomats at the White House (12 March 1962)
Address to the UN General Assembly (25 September 1961)
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.
Address before the American Newspaper Publishers Association (April 27, 1961)
Radio address about the Cuban missile crisis (22 October 1962)
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