Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 5 Share on Twitter Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
OpEdNews Op Eds    H4'ed 2/13/10

State of Propaganda: Is Cass Sunstein the New Big Brother?

By       (Page 2 of 6 pages) Become a premium member to see this article and all articles as one long page. (View How Many People Read This)   11 comments

Interestingly enough, in his The Power of Dissent article from 2003, Sunstein, while talking about the failures at NASA with regard to the Columbia crash, seizes the opportunity to "speak" to all organizations about the good that comes from dissent. In the very first sentence he says we "need dissenting opinions" stating later in the article that, without them, people generally end up "believing a more extreme version" of what they believed before.

In September 2003, Sunstein was the guest speaker at a Carnegie Council Meeting"the topic? Why Societies Need Dissent. Program coordinator Joanne Myers, in her introduction of Sunstein, pointed out that in his latest work of the same title he "casts new light on the fundamental importance of freedom of speech and shows us that nations are far more likely to prosper if they allow their citizens the right to think the unthinkable, discuss the unmentionable, and dare to challenge the unchallengeable."

The pieces, all authored by the same man, clearly contradict each other. Is Sunstein, then, saying that dissent is a GOOD thing during the Bush administration, where MANY questioned what Bush and his administration were up to, but NOT during the Obama administration? And, remember, when Bush got caught at the "infiltration tactics" the political left railed against him for it, yet now we have something very similar being proposed from a prominent person in the Obama administration, yet almost no one seems to be bothered by it or even talking about it.

My proposition is this: Sunstein is spewing forth the same old worn out tactics, but under a new disguise"and the died-in-the-wool Democrats, as well as others, are buying it hook, line and sinker as if it were something of a great revelation to be beheld!

Greenwald states that there is no proof that the program has been installed"but there is no need to "install it" because it is not a new program. What the suggested program IS is business as usual. The Bush administration, certainly guilty of "cognitive" infiltration, weren't the first to employ these kinds of Anti-First Amendment tactics. In fact, the new film Camp FEMA brought to our attention that "over the course of four Presidential administrations, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover ordered FBI agents to "expose, disrupt, misdirect, discredit, or otherwise neutralize' the activities" of different organizations. The narrator in the film goes on to say that "the purpose of the FBI's counterintelligence program was a series of covert, and often illegal programs, conducted by the United States government and aimed squarely at investigating and disrupting dissident political organizations within the United States." (Emphasis mine)

Next Page  1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6

 

Must Read 1   Well Said 1   Supported 1  
Rate It | View Ratings

Debbie Lewis Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Debbie Lewis is a mother, independent researcher, freelance writer and amateur photographer concerned with the obvious lack of representation in our government and the suppression of truth in the mainstream media. A huge departure from her (more...)
 
Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Writers Guidelines
Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

STAY IN THE KNOW
If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEdNews Newsletter
Name
Email
   (Opens new browser window)
 

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

State of Propaganda: Is Cass Sunstein the New Big Brother?

AIG, Congress and the Taxpayers

Grasping A Trillion Dollars

AIG, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, and Others...The Circle of Financial Life

Land of the Persecuted, Home of the Distressed: A Year of Oppression in Review

The Odds of Change: A Statistical Look at Our Democrat's Voting Records

To View Comments or Join the Conversation: