“Its dissenters are silenced, not praised”

PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY: “Its preparations are concealed, not published. Its mistakes are buried, not headlined. Its dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned, no rumor is printed, no secret is revealed.”

“ITS”: The secret society


Obscure, hide, disguise, camouflage, veil, shroud, cloak, conceal, cache

  • not allow to be seen (Ccl)
  • keep out of sight (He)
  • store away in hiding (Ce)
  • hide or disguise the presence (Cmfe)
  • give a different appearance in order to conceal one’s identity (Dge)
  • envelop so as to conceal from view (Sd)
  • partially conceal (Vl)
  • dress in disguise (Ck)
  • make unclear and difficult to understand (Obe)

Opponent, dissenter, dissident, rejectionist, protester, objector

  • a person who dissents (Dsr)
  • a person who opposes official policy (Dst)
  • a person who expresses opposition to or disagreement (Ojr)
  • a person who publicly demonstrates opposition (Ptr)
  • a person who rejects a proposed policy (Rjtt)
  • someone who competes with or opposes another (Opt)

Muzzle, silence, gag, hush, shush, quiet, quieten

  • prohibit or prevent from speaking (Sle)
  • make or become quiet and calm (Qtn)
  • make or become still (Qet)
  • tell or signal to be silent (Sh)
  • make stop talking (Hh)
  • prevent from speaking freely (Gg)
  • prevent a group from expressing their opinions freely (Mze)

Rumor, gossip, hearsay, bavardage, tattle, scuttlebutt

  • a currently circulating story or report of uncertain or doubtful truth (Rmr)
  • casual or unconstrained conversation or reports about other people (Gsp)
  • idle talk (Tte)
  • information received from other people which cannot be substantiated
  • idle gossip (Bvde)
  • news or information that may or may not be true (Stbt)

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