When people fear surveillance, whether it exists or not, they grow afraid to speak their minds and hearts freely to their government or to anyone else.
James "Samy" Ervin, Jr. (September 27, 1896 – April 23, 1985) was an
American politician. A Democrat, he served as a U.S. Senator from North
Carolina from 1954 to 1974. A native of
Morganton, he liked to call himself a "country lawyer", and often told
humorous stories in his Southern drawl. During his Senate career, Ervin
was a legal defender of the Jim Crow laws and racial segregation, as the
South's constitutional expert during the congressional debates on civil
rights. Unexpectedly, he became a liberal hero for his support of civil
liberties. He is remembered for his work in the investigation
committees that brought down Senator Joseph McCarthy in 1954 and
especially his investigation in 1972 and 1973 of the Watergate scandal
that led to the resignation in 1974 of President Richard Nixon.
(Catawba Valley Lodge 217, Morganton, NC)