So, while the newer Sunstein paper is disturbing, it isn't new"it is a regurgitation of something VERY old. J Edgar Hoover led the FBI for 48 years and died in 1972! Again, is Sunstein really try to pass his ideas off as a new tactic or is he thinking of resorting to something very old?
Something else pointed out in the Lewis/Franchi film is that in the book War at Home, author, and attorney, Brian Glick outlines the four methods used by the FBI's CoIntelPro: infiltration, psychological warfare, harassment through the legal system, and extralegal force and violence. The Sunstein paper seems to echo some of these egregious practices, but his reasoning is simple"if the government officials are "well-intentioned" then it's okay. What if ALL of the former administrations thought their actions were "well-intended?" Or maybe we should ask another question. Will the double standards and deception ever end?
As for "conspiracy theories," Sunstein, as well as right-winger Sean Hannity and former Clinton buddy Dick Morris, has had to concede that some of these formerly "insane" or "fringe" theories have actually been proven true. Yet, even realizing that some of what they consider "conspiracy theories" are true, he believes it's okay for the government to "cognitively infiltrate" the groups perpetrating these "theories." Greenwald states that "The most chronic and dangerous purveyors of "conspiracy theory' games are the very people Sunstein thinks should be empowered to control our political debate," the government and people like himself.
So, should we be afraid of the power and influence wielded by Cass Sunstein on a President that is his close friend, but more importantly, the President that he advises? In light of how long this type of behavior has been going on in the United States, I'd say we'd be better served to be leery of ANYONE who takes it upon "his" administration to exhibit any such behavior at all!
It is time that we face some hard facts. Our government does not represent the "common people" that make up the grandest vision of what the United States of America should be and our government certainly does not have the best interest of those that elected them at heart. Obama promised many things, but most of all, he promised change. We all hoped for more, but for the most part, it is what we feared it would be, the same ole same ole. Sunstein's paper is interesting, but, again, nothing new.