"I knew from the beginning that privacy was going to be a huge issue, especially with regard to applying Total Information Awareness in counterterrorism. Because if the technology development was successful, a logical place to apply it was inside the United States."
"It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity."John Poindexter on Albert Einstein
"The typewriting machine, when played with expression, is no more annoying than the piano when played by a sister or near relation."John Poindexter on Oscar Wilde
"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."John Poindexter on Arthur C. Clarke
"The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty, and all forms of human life."John Poindexter on John F. Kennedy
"I am sorry to say that there is too much point to the wisecrack that life is extinct on other planets because their scientists were more advanced than ours."John Poindexter on John F. Kennedy
"You accept failure as a possible outcome of some of the experiments. If you don't get failures, you're not pushing hard enough on the objectives."
"I really believe that we don't have to make a trade-off between security and privacy. I think technology gives us the ability to have both."