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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1083
AUTHOR: Arthur Sylvester (1901–)
QUOTATION: I think the inherent right of the Government to lie to save itself when faced with nuclear disaster is basic.
ATTRIBUTION: ARTHUR SYLVESTER, assistant secretary of defense, speech at a meeting of the New York chapter of Sigma Delta Chi, New York City, December 6, 1962, as reported by The Washington Post, December 7, 1962, p. A–2.