Obama Czar Wants to Limit Free Speech

Obama’s far left “Regulatory Czar” Cass Sunstein is at it again. He is already known for his extreme ideas — that government should stop sanctioning marriage, that federal law should not be interpreted by judges but by “the beliefs and commitments of the U.S. president and those around him,” and that Americans should not have the right to “keep and bear arms.” Now we find that Sunstein wants government to curb “conspiracy theories.” In effect, if Sunstein has his way, we would lose our First Amendment right to freedom of speech.
In a 2008 article published in the Journal of Political Philosophy, Sunstein outlined a plan for the government to stealthily infiltrate ‘”conspiracy theory” groups. He proposed 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.”
The objective is to break up “the hard core of extremists who supply conspiracy theories” by sowing seeds of distrust amongst the members. “Put into English, what Sunstein is proposing is government infiltration of groups opposing prevailing policy,” writes Marc Estrin. “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.”
Sunstein also proposed that “government might undertake (legal) tactics for breaking up the tight cognitive clusters of extremist theories,” such as making websites liable for comments posted in response to articles. That would, of course, result in effective online censorship.

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10 years ago

It is hard to believe that this is actually happening in America. It is even hard to believe that even the very far left politically can’t see this and think, “This just doesn’t seem right.” It is hard to believe that we have to fight so hard now for freedom of speech and that there are so many little euphemisms for taking away freedom of speech. Even if someone is completely crazy. Completely INSANE. Even if someone has the most bazaar ideas and CONSPIRACY THEORIES imaginable,they have the right to express it–to put their ideas in a blog on the… Read more »