Top Obama czar: Infiltrate all 'conspiracy theorists'
"Rewrite the Constitution to include what he terms his "First Amendment New Deal"
Sunstein: Ban 'right wing' rumors
In a lengthy academic paper , 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.
Sunstein also recommended the government send agents to infiltrate "extremists who supply conspiracy theories" to disrupt the efforts of the "extremists" to propagate their theories.
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. 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."