Obama's speech on the rampant NSA surveillance activities will be delivered fifty years to the day after Eisenhower made his prescient warnings.
“In the councils 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.”
Later Eisenhower told his aides:
“I know those boys down at the Pentagon and worry that one day there’s going to be a president that knows less about the military than I do."
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