posted on Jan, 18 2010 @ 12:29 AM
Obama confidant's spine-chilling proposal
Cass Sunstein has long been one of Barack Obama's closest confidants. Often mentioned as a likely Obama nominee to the Supreme Court, Sunstein is
currently Obama's head of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs where, among other things, he is responsible for "overseeing policies
relating to privacy, information quality, and statistical programs." In 2008, while at Harvard Law School, Sunstein co-wrote a truly pernicious
paper proposing that the U.S. Government employ teams of covert agents and pseudo-"independent" advocates to "cognitively infiltrate" online
groups and websites -- as well as other activist groups -- which advocate views that Sunstein deems "false conspiracy theories" about the
Government. This would be designed to increase citizens' faith in government officials and undermine the credibility of conspiracists. The paper's
abstract can be read, and the full paper downloaded, here.
Sunstein advocates that the Government's stealth infiltration should be accomplished by sending covert agents into "chat rooms, online social
networks, or even real-space groups." He also proposes that the Government make secret payments to so-called "independent" credible voices to
bolster the Government's messaging (on the ground that those who don't believe government sources will be more inclined to listen to those who
appear independent while secretly acting on behalf of the Government). This program would target those advocating false "conspiracy theories,"
which they define to mean: "an attempt to explain an event or practice by reference to the machinations of powerful people, who have also managed to
conceal their role." Sunstein's 2008 paper was flagged by this blogger, and then amplified in an excellent report by Raw Story's Daniel
Read the full article here
Covert agents sent into chat rooms, online social networks, and 'real-space' groups, well I guess that there is no more conspiracies behind dis-info
agents, now we know it is going on! I'm definitely not surprised that this is going on, I think we all had an idea that it already was. I suppose
people will take being called a 'dis-info agent' more seriously now though.
No skeptics in this thread - why, because there is no room to talk this time around. This is real, and it is here to stay.
One thing I'd like to know though is, how come they aren't just using computer analyzing systems to find 'trigger' words and such and then focus
on those websites/chat rooms? Or are they?
[edit on 18-1-2010 by highlyoriginal]