Obama czar proposed government should ‘infiltrate’ social network sites, chat rooms, message boards.


By Aaron Klein

Just prior to his appointment as President Obama’s so-called regulatory czar, Cass Sunstein wrote a  lengthy academic paper suggesting the government should “infiltrate” social network websites, chat rooms and message boards.

Such “cognitive infiltration,” Sunstein argued, should be used to enforce a U.S. government ban on “conspiracy theorizing.”

Among the beliefs Sunstein classified as a “conspiracy theory” is advocating that the theory of global warming is a deliberate fraud.

The find comes as a government document reportedly relates the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s command center routinely monitors dozens of popular websites, including Facebook, Twitter, Hulu, WikiLeaks and news sites including the Huffington Post and Drudge Report.

Reuters reported that a “privacy compliance review” issued by DHS last November confirms that since at least June 2010, the department’s national operations center has been operating a “Social Networking/Media Capability” which involves regular monitoring of “publicly available online forums, blogs, public websites and message boards.”

The government document states such monitoring is meant to “collect information used in providing situational awareness and establishing a common operating picture” to help manage national or international emergency events.

While the DHS may be monitoring websites for security reasons, Sunstein advocated such actions with another goal in mind.

Sunstein’s official title is Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.

In a 2008 Harvard law paper, “Conspiracy Theories,” Sunstein and co-author Adrian Vermeule, a Harvard law professor, ask, “What can government do about conspiracy theories?”

“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 KleinOnline – Sunstein argues the best government response to “conspiracy theories” is “cognitive infiltration of extremist groups.”

Continued Sunstein: “We 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.”

Sunstein said government agents “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.”

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.”

He continued: “The Watergate hotel room used by Democratic National Committee was, in fact, bugged by Republican officials, operating at the behest of the White House. In the 1950s, the CIA did, in fact, administer LSD and related drugs under Project MKULTRA, in an effort to investigate the possibility of ‘mind control.’”

Sunstein’s paper advocating against the belief that global warming is a deliberate fraud was written before the November 2009 climate scandal in which e-mails hacked from the Climatic Research Unit at East Anglia University in the U.K. indicate top climate researchers conspired to rig data and keep researchers with dissenting views from publishing in leading scientific journals.

Sunstein: Ban ‘right wing’ rumors

Sunstein’s paper is not the first time he has advocated banning the free flow of information.

In his 2009 book, “On Rumors,” Sunstein argued websites should be obliged to remove “false rumors” while libel laws should be altered to make it easier to sue for spreading such “rumors.”

In the book, 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.

He also singled out radio talker Sean Hannity for “attacking” Obama regarding the president’s “alleged associations.”

Ayers became a name in the 2008 presidential campaign when it was disclosed he worked closely with Obama for years. Obama also was said to have launched his political career at a 1995 fundraiser in Ayers’ apartment.



  • http://www.facebook.com/greyxenomorph Nick Bryant

    For the federation!

  • http://www.facebook.com/greyxenomorph Nick Bryant

    you idiot JSF scum the Enforcer corps will kill you all

  • http://JohnAllman.UK John Allman

    I find it hard to imagine that the infiltration which Mr Sunstein advocates the public sector beginning to undertake, as though it was a novel suggestion that he was the first to make, isn’t something that other public sector employees have already been doing, ever since the first social network websites, chat rooms and message boards appeared.

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  • Anonymous

    Ah! yes. Another repulsive Zionist nerd pulling strings for Israel in the beltway. Imagine a so called expert on Constitutional Law advocating the infiltration of social networks. He is as charming as a deadly Cobra ready to strike; if challenged with common sense on the matter of Freedom and Responsibility. On the otherhand he is from Chicago.  Hey check out who the current mayor of Chicago is these days.

    Don’t vote for The Ice Prince Obama, that is if you are so inclined to vote in a Pseudo Presidential election. 

  • https://www.facebook.com/app_scoped_user_id/100001163952013/ Bob Marshall

    Cass Sunstein has called for a progressive “living Constitution.

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    People’s Democratic Republic of United Socialist States of America.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FQYHHBQO2KMG5PJZH2DH6HYIRA Outrageous

    “If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” ~ George Washington


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  • Brett Greshko

    I find it hilarious that they have to “infiltrate” and “plant doubts” in order to combat conspiracy theories rather than just publicly use logic to counter-argue.  Could that be because the “theorists” are correct?

  • Brett Greshko

    The Thought Police are coming to get you….

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  • Anonymous

    So they want to “legalize” what they have been doing for years.

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  • Anonymous

     Its all about controll. Now that we have the internet it is no longer possible for the United States government elites or others to controll the flow of information. I predict that as time goes by more unconstutional efforts to shut down free speech there. The political and financial elites controll the public schools, colleges, most newspapers, radio stations and of course television stations. There is really no place where serious free thinking people can get together and express opinions without somehow being filtered out, if thier views do not match mainstream dogma. Yes many conspiracy theories are far out. But others may very well hold water. The United States has become a scary to live place for anyone who dares to be different. Its the most controlled country in the world. Try living in almost any other country especially  a third world one and you will see just how little government is involved in peoples lives. 

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  • George Hardy

    morons, one and all; if they really wanted to know what Americans are doing and thinking they could just ask – we will be more than happy to tell them ( off ) , and it won`t cost a cent ! but I`m guessing they would rather establish a ‘ ministry of truth”  and spend several billion to find out.

  • Guest

    Typical Elite ??//sshhiitt heads……

    Vote for Dr. Ron Paul………..

    Visit Alex Jones web sites……………

    Let David have his Freedom of Speech so he can say what he wants to…….without being thrown in the Interment camp!

    Support free speech, watch out for your New World Oder government…..Gestapo  NAZIS.

    Question for today “ARE YOUR PAPERS IN ORDER ?” ?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SST32EVI7HJLQTYNUFDMFRIKRE David

      Whay a turd monkey.  Both Paul and Jones are az clowns.  Alex is stiill saying 9/11 was an inside job.  Cucksocker!

      • Guest

        Who cares what Paul or Jones are talking about you twit!!
        You do not get it! The Government has no right to inter-fear (pun) with your rights to Freedom of Speech. David, I bet your papers are in order! You will eventually be thrown into an internment camp! I will be waiting for you…..

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OTIJFHK4E7V7PDHEYRQ7AFHZME Common Sense

    This idea is welcolmed by the Elites, Repiblicans and Democrats on the Hill.When one states it is a Liberal plot you are playing right into Psyops and Misimformation of these people.Look at what party was the driving force behind the Unconstitutional Patriot Act, Fushion Centers, Eshelon and Carnivore–Republicans.Now the Dems have their turn.SOPA is a bill co-sponsored by both parties.They both are ownd by the Elite.Suppression of Free Speech, dialoge and therory are a mutal goal of both parties and the Elites .Blaming one party over another is a non strater to an intelligent discussion of the facts.

    Precisely what Sunsteiin and his totalitarian and Unconstitutional ilk are up to.The recently passed NDAA was co-sponsere and passed 97-3 in the Senate and a new bill to give the NDAA more teeth is co-sponsored.

    Folks who make unilateral attacks on either side of the isle are probably working for Sunstein and his ilk. Your position is meaningless and a non-starter to constructive dialoge. Get lost so those of us who really care about this affront to the American and Constitutional way of life can talk constructively on how to stop them.

    On it’s face what Sunstein proposes is anti American,illegal, anti free thinking and anti everything our Founders and intelligent Citizens are about in the US.

    The list of what once were considered conspiricy therories and turned into fact later is nearly endless.As Sunstein even admits.He has an agenda here.truth is not part of it.

    We can’t permit Elitists and anti constitutionalist like Sunstein  and their sick ideas to get traction. We must remove their ideas from any dialoge.They are poison to stay away from and be banned.Their ideas and goals like the NDAA are shared by NAZIS, North Korea and Iran.
    We are in that company now.

    Americans and our goverment should not allow them any traction or forum at all.They are evil !

    • Anonymous

      Correct that: It’s both the GOP & Dems who support these un-Constitutional Laws to stifle any and ALL speakers to the truth while pretending it’s about “Security” or some such red-herring.

      A 3rd Party which incorporates the National Issues without the favorite ‘side-issues’ of both extremes is what’s needed.

    • Anonymous

      I would suggest you go to you tube and watch – “Season For Treason”   This guy is right on, I had a conference call with him the other day, wow, I have LEARNED SOOOO MUCHO.

  • Anonymous

    Just another of Barry’s capos.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Easbey/629408285 Richard Easbey

    Hey, Cass: Fascist much?

  • Anonymous

    These stinking Marxist pieces of trash are going into the same garbage bin as their Marxist leader obama after next November.

  • justanaverageguy

    Sunstein just like some other groups, adl,splc come to mind, advocate the control of American free speech under the guise of hate, PCness, conspiracy theory, etc with of course them being the official arbiters. Google ADL conspiracy theories. 

  • Leland Stanford

    It is one thing for the government to monitor key strokes to detect terror related activity. If they protect us, that is fine.

    But it is another thing altogether to enter political debates of any kind or decide what is true or false. Sunstein might as well advocate for the repeal of the First Amendment.

    Stalin, the Mullah’s and Hitler thought just like Sunstein. His is totalitarian control of our intellectual expressions. I don’t care what anyone says in a conspiracy theory that does not advocate for the physical violence toward anyone. Short of that exception, we should be free to express whatever we damn well please.

    • Anonymous

      As a U.S.CITIZEN you have no rights, only privileges, see –


  • Anonymous

    Typical liberal response. He can’t handle the truth so he wants to ban it. Sorry Cass, the cat’s outta the bag about all this stuff you are talking about. We’ll be throwing your lies right back at ya.

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