"Freedom is not a concept in which people can do anything they want, be anything they can be. Freedom is about authority. Freedom is about the willingness of every single human being to cede to lawful authority a great deal of discretion about what you do."
Would this be George Orwell?
No, actually, it was said by "The Country's Mayor" Mr. Rudolph Giuliani in 1994, although it sounds like he's been reading up on his Orwell.