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Privacy & Information Quality CZAR

May 13, 2010

Cass Sunstein in one of the many Czars on the Obama administration, his position is Czar of the, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. This department over sees policies relating to privacy, information quality,and statistical programs.

Let’s take a look at the speech that Obama gave at Hampton University on Sunday. In this speech he put down social networking, also saying that bloggers that disagree with the administration are conspiracy theorist. He told the students and guest they should allow the government to handle the internet, they will sort it out. (In not as many words, but the massage was there.)

“Kids today! You’re coming of age in a 24/7 media environment that bombards us with all kinds of content and exposes us to all kinds of arguments, some of which don’t always rank all that high on the truth meter,” Obama said at Hampton University, Virginia.

“With iPods and iPads and Xboxes and PlayStations, — none of which I know how to work — information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of emancipation,” Obama said.

He bemoaned the fact that “some of the craziest claims can quickly claim traction,” in the clamor of certain blogs and talk radio outlets.

“All of this is not only putting new pressures on you, it is putting new pressures on our country and on our democracy.”

Did not Obama say that he uses an ipod, and give one to the Queen of England?

Are you are asking yourself, What does this have to do with Cass Sunstein? Well, Cass Sunstein believes strongly that the government should ride roughshod over the internet. Cass feels that the government should infiltrate the internet chat rooms and community boards spreading government propaganda. He feels that the IP address of anyone talking about Conspiracy Theories or Anti-government rhetoric should be traced. This program would target those advocating false “conspiracy theories,” which is defined to mean: “An attempt to explain an event or practice by reference to the machinations of powerful people, who have also managed to conceal their role.”

Conspiracy Theories, Cass Sunstein

We suggest a role for government efforts, and agents, in introducing such diversity. 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.

This paper also brings to light, they want censorship. The feeling is that censorship will drive Conspiracies underground. In the document, censorship is used 10 times and how it will help an “Open Society”, in their view.

In the past it had been said, that some of the tactics that were use in Iraq to control the people were testing grounds for tactics that could possibly be used on Americans. Sunstein is one man that believes this is the right way when it comes to the US citizenry.

In 2004, the U.S. administrator for Iraq, L. Paul Bremer, ordered troops to shut down a weekly newspaper in Baghdad that had propounded false conspiracy theories damaging to the U.S., such as a story that “an American missile, not a terrorist car bomb, had caused an explosion that killed more than 50 Iraqi police recruits.”84 Whether this sort of action does more harm than good, in similar environments, is a complicated question, depending on difficult judgments about the etiology of conspiracy theories, the consequences of censorship, and the efficacy of U.S. counterspeech. On the one hand, there are the familiar arguments that censorship attracts attention to the censored speech or publication and fuels further conspiracy theorizing; perhaps, the inference might run, the U.S. is moving against a particular rumor because it is true, or is moving against a particular paper because it is exposing actual U.S. conspiracies. Furthermore, censorship might just drive the conspiracy theories underground, to be spread and mutated by personal rumor-mongering that is less susceptible to focused rebuttal.

It is important that every American read the Sunstien Paper so that they can see what this administration has in store for the nation and the final journey to a One World Government.

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