It is during our most challenging and uncertain moments that our Nations commitment to due process is most severely tested; and it is in those times that we must preserve our commitment at home to the principles for which we fight abroad.
(Justice O’Connor in der Entscheidung des US Supreme Court in Hamdi gegen Rumsfeld)
These amenities have dignified the right of dissent and have honored the right to be nonconformists and the right to defy submissiveness. They have encouraged lives of high spirits rather than hushed, suffocating silence.
(Papachristou v. City of Jacksonville, 405 U.S. 156, 164 (1972))
That citizens can walk the streets, without explanations or formal papers, is surely among the cherished liberties that distinguish this nation from so many others.
(Berufungsgericht für den District of Columbia in Gomez gegen Turner)
Implicit in the term ‘national defense’ is the notion of defending those values and ideals which set this nation apart.
(US-Bezirksgericht für den südlichen Bundesstaat New York in ACLU, et. al. gegen Department of Defense, et. al.)