"The dominant purpose of the First Amendment was to prohibit the widespread practice
of government suppression of embarrassing information."
-- Justice William O. Douglas
(1898-1980), U. S. Supreme Court Justice
Source: New York Times v. Unites States (Pentagon Papers)
"[The Bill of Rights is] designed to protect individuals and minorities against the tyranny of the majority, but it's also designed to protect the people against bureaucracy, against the government."
-- Judge Lawrence Tribe
"Criticism of government finds sanctuary in several portions of the First Amendment. It is part of the right of free speech. It embraces freedom of the press."
-- Justice Hugo L. Black
(1886-1971) US Supreme Court Justice