January 26, 2008

Inspirational Words or Rubbish?

I know I always look to Orwell when I want clarity of thought! There's nothing like "War is Peace" to snap me back to attention. But I
Law enforcement chief has Orwellian inspiration
By Randall Mikkelsen
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top law enforcement official said on Friday he keeps in his office a portrait of George Orwell, whose book "1984" envisioned a futuristic technology security state overseen by a prying "Big Brother."
[...] Attorney General Michael Mukasey, in his first extensive meeting with reporters since taking office in November, said he selected two portraits for his office, the first being Robert Jackson, a former Supreme Court Justice, U.S. attorney general and Nuremberg war crimes prosecutor.
[...] Mukasey, a former federal judge, said he admired Jackson for his clarity of expression and thought.
"I said I had his picture hanging. His was one of two. The other was George Orwell, so put 'em together " Mukasey said without elaborating.
[...] Orwell wrote in his essay, "Political language ... is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind."
Jackson also had memorable sayings. "The price of freedom of religion, or of speech, or of the press, is that we must put up with a good deal of rubbish," he once wrote.

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