Obama staffer wants ‘cognitive infiltration’ of 9/11 truth groups

Cass Sunstein(RAW STORY)   In a 2008 academic paper, President Barack Obama’s appointee to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs advocated “cognitive infiltration” of groups that advocate “conspiracy theories” like the ones surrounding 9/11.

Cass Sunstein, a Harvard law professor, co-wrote an academic article entitled “Conspiracy Theories: Causes and Cures,” in which he argued that the government should stealthily infiltrate groups that pose alternative theories on historical events via “chat rooms, online social networks, or even real-space groups and attempt to undermine” those groups.

As head of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Sunstein is in charge of “overseeing policies relating to privacy, information quality, and statistical programs,” according to the White House Web site.

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.”

By “crippled epistemology” Sunstein means that people who believe in conspiracy theories have a limited number of sources of information that they trust. Therefore, Sunstein argued in the article, it would not work to simply refute the conspiracy theories in public — the very sources that conspiracy theorists believe would have to be infiltrated.

Sunstein, whose article focuses largely on the 9/11 conspiracy theories, suggests that the government “enlist nongovernmental officials in the effort to rebut the theories. It might ensure that credible independent experts offer the rebuttal, rather than government officials themselves. There is a tradeoff between credibility and control, however. The price of credibility is that government cannot be seen to control the independent experts.”

Download a PDF of the article here.

Sunstein argued that “government might undertake (legal) tactics for breaking up the tight cognitive clusters of extremist theories.” He suggested that “government agents (and their allies) might enter chat rooms, online social networks, or even real-space groups and attempt to undermine percolating conspiracy theories by raising doubts about their factual premises, causal logic or implications for political action.”

“We expect such tactics from undercover cops, or FBI,” Estrin writes at the Rag Blog, expressing surprise that “a high-level presidential advisor” would support such a strategy.

Estrin notes that Sunstein advocates in his article for the infiltration of “extremist” groups so that it undermines the groups’ confidence to the extent that “new recruits will be suspect and participants in the group’s virtual networks will doubt each other’s bona fides.”

Sunstein has been the target of numerous “conspiracy theories” himself, mostly from the right wing political echo chamber, with conservative talking heads claiming he favors enacting “a second Bill of Rights” that would do away with the Second Amendment. Sunstein’s recent book, On Rumors: How Falsehoods Spread, Why We Believe Them, What Can Be Done, was criticized by some on the right as “a blueprint for online censorship.”

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.


8 Responses to Obama staffer wants ‘cognitive infiltration’ of 9/11 truth groups

  • Another Jew–does not want Israel exposed

  • wow… what a shock… another jew proposing spying on Americans…
    what is with these parasites…Its like a disease with them…
    Or is it in their programming???
    Talmudic programming creates socio-pyschopaths

  • Jewish contractors built the WTCs and did extremely shoddy work excepting the fancy lobbies. Israeli mercenaries blew up truck bombs and tried to blow more up. Many were apprehended with enough evidence to be electrocuted half a dozen times or more and Bush’s DHS enforcer, MICHAEL ‘SKELETOR’ CHERTOFF SENT THEM BACK TO HIS HOMELAND OF ISRAEL.
    Who owns Israel? The U.S. does not grow palaces that big. The Rothschild/British royals alliance runs Israel with Netanyahu the loud guard dog. Obummer probably still has that ‘Property of Raum Emmanuel tattoo across his backside and has dreams of grandeur based on his misunderstanding of what the presidents’ job is. Operation Monarch should be understood and on everybodies’ lips when talking about B.H. Obama.
    Somebody in congress needs to do their frigging homework.

  • O’Spirochete was programmed by MK ULTRA non-goyim zioturds his entire life, everthing he did in Chicago as a gang punk was a zioturd training regimen for the CIA job he got out of his basket weaving classes.

    what did you fuckers expect from Barry Soetoro?

  • Why don’t you tell us all about it, "Sunstein", you filthy, lying traitor. Everybody who has researched the "Israeli did 9/11" websites KNOWS Israel did 9/11.

  • Lucky Larry Silverstine’s signature appears on the purchase orders for the "fire proofing materials (thermite) and Gordon Duff is executing Cass Sunstein’s Program by insisting on Veterans Today that thermite "does not exists"!!!!!!


  • …because nothing says "there are no conspiracy theories" better than a high-ranking government official advocating that agents should secretly infiltrate groups and feed them disinformation…

  • There are more treasonous scum in "our" govt pretending to be Americans than you can shake a stick at.

    If there is a limited number of informational sources regarding the truth of what happened on 9-11, the reason is lack of investigation and the cover-up of already performed investigation of the Facts of that day.

    In fact, just add that to the pile of facts that are being kept from US y the controlled media… (foe example, has anyone heard the results of the govt funded audit of those "unsecure", "easily manipulated", "can be done remotely" and "requiring only a handful of operatives" black box voting machines that have been stealing our votes?)

    We can thank those who control our information for all of this folks.

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