“The privacy and dignity of our citizens (are) being whittled away by sometimes imperceptible steps. Taken individually, each step may be of little consequence. But when viewed as a whole, there begins to emerge a society quite unlike any we have seen—a society in which government may intrude into the secret regions of a (person’s) life.”
“Those in power need checks and restraints lest they come to identify the common good for their own tastes and desires, and their continuation in office as essential to the preservation of the nation.”
These two statements come from former Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court William O. Douglas. His term lasted almost thirty-seven years (1939–75) and is the longest term in the history of the Supreme Court.