Don't turn around, uh-oh
Der Kommissar's in town, uh-oh
Leave to the tyrants in the Obama administration to provide the perfect opening for a subject I've been wanting to write about - conspiracies.
Kommissar Cass Sunstein wrote a paper in 2008 advocating thought and speech control titled Conspiracy Theories: Causes and Cures. In it, Sunstein recommends a number of bizarre ways in which the government could "ban conspiracy theories." Here's more from WorldNetDaily.
President Obama's regulatory czar, Cass Sunstein, argued the U.S. government should ban "conspiracy theorizing."
Among the beliefs Sunstein would ban is advocating that the theory of global warming is a deliberate fraud.
Um, global warming has been proven to be a deliberate fraud!
"We can readily imagine a series of possible responses. (1) Government might ban conspiracy theorizing. (2) Government might impose some kind of tax, financial or otherwise, on those who disseminate such theories."
In the 30-page paper – obtained and reviewed by WND – Sunstein argues the best government response to "conspiracy theories" is "cognitive infiltration of extremist groups."
Sunstein defined a conspiracy theory as "an effort to explain some event or practice by reference to the machinations of powerful people, who have also managed to conceal their role."
Some "conspiracy theories" recommended for ban by Sunstein include:
- "The theory of global warming is a deliberate fraud."
- "The view that the Central Intelligence Agency was responsible for the assassination of President John F. Kennedy."
- "The 1996 crash of TWA flight 800 was caused by a U.S. military missile."
- "The Trilateral Commission is responsible for important movements of the international economy."
- "That Martin Luther King Jr. was killed by federal agents."
- "The moon landing was staged and never actually occurred."
Sunstein allowed that "some conspiracy theories, under our definition, have turned out to be true."
Sunstein cited as a primary example of "absurd" and "hateful" remarks, reports by "right-wing websites" alleging an association between President Obama and Weatherman terrorist William Ayers.
Kommissar Sunstein actually argues that thought and speech control promotes freedom of speech (does he smoke crack too?). Funny, because he even admits that "some conspiracy theories ... have turned out to be true."
So why does he want the government to engage in speech and thought control? Obviously, he believes the government should be able to get away with whatever the hell they want!
Obama staffer wants ‘cognitive infiltration’ of 9/11 conspiracy groups
Sunstein's article, published in the Journal of Political Philosphy in 2008 and recently uncovered by blogger Marc Estrin, states that "our primary claim is that conspiracy theories typically stem not from irrationality or mental illness of any kind but from a 'crippled epistemology,' in the form of a sharply limited number of (relevant) informational sources."
Sunstein "wants to hold blogs and web hosting services accountable for the remarks of commenters on websites while altering libel laws to make it easier to sue for spreading 'rumors,'" wrote Ed Lasky at American Thinker.
What a twisted tyrant! Cass Sunstein's no intellect, he belongs in a mental institution! I mean, he obviously has an unhealthy obsession with power.
[W]e suggest a distinctive tactic for breaking up the hard core of extremists who supply conspiracy theories: cognitive infiltration of extremist groups, whereby government agents or their allies (acting either virtually or in real space, and either openly or anonymously) will undermine the crippled epistemology of believers by planting doubts about the theories and stylized facts that circulate within such groups, thereby introducing beneficial cognitive diversity. (Page 219.)
Put into English, what Sunstein is proposing is government infiltration of groups opposing prevailing policy. Palestinian Liberation? 9/11 Truth? Anti-nuclear power? Stop the wars? End the Fed? Support Nader? Eat the Rich?
It's easy to destroy groups with "cognitive diversity." You just take up meeting time with arguments to the point where people don't come back. You make protest signs which alienate 90% of colleagues. You demand revolutionary violence from pacifist groups.
We expect such tactics from undercover cops, or FBI. There the agents are called "provocateurs" -- even if only "cognitive." One learns to smell or deal with them in a group, or recognize trolling online. But even suspicion or partial exposure can “sow uncertainty and distrust within conspiratorial groups [now conflated with conspiracy theory discussion groups] and among their members,” and “raise the costs of organization and communication” -- which Sunstein applauds as "desirable." "[N]ew recruits will be suspect and participants in the group’s virtual networks will doubt each other’s bona fides." (p.225).
And are we now expected to applaud such tactics frankly proposed in a scholarly journal by a high-level presidential advisor?
Many people on both the right and the left love to attack conspiracy theorists, but I don't understand why. Does it infringe upon their inalienable rights if someone believes NASA never landed on the moon? Does it threaten their own beliefs by causing doubt? Is it scary?
They don't actually trust the government, do they?
If so, they're suckers. But who cares if some people believe humanoid lizard-men appear in holographic form while secretly controlling the world? Just laugh at them! They do not hurt you. But they do hurt the government, and that's why the tyrant Sunstein supports thought and speech control.
Heaven forbid they keep getting caught in their evil acts. Only the "official" story is allowed!
Many conspiracies have been proven to be real! For example, thanks to the Freedom of Information Act, we now know that FDR had prior knowledge of Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor but did nothing. Global warming is indeed an elaborate hoax. Barack Obama was in fact involved with terrorist William Ayers. The list goes on ...
So in honor of Kommissar Sunstein, I'll be writing about conspiracies that turned out to be true! First up, Cass Sunstein's Conspiracy Theory: Operation Northwoods.
P.S. - You may want to prepare yourself. Please make your own Aluminum Foil Deflector Beanie!