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Stossel: Obama's Czar Wanted Infiltration

Monday, 18 Jan 2010 11:33 PM

One of President Barack Obama's infamous government czars has proposed infiltrating extremist groups in an effort to thwart conspiracy theories from becoming popular, reveals John Stossel.

The columnist and host of "Stossel" on the Fox Business Channel made the startling revelation on his blog page, citing a 2008 academic article by Cass Sunstein, the head of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.

In the article, Sunstein stated: "...we suggest a distinctive tactic for breaking up the hard core of extremists who supply conspiracy theories: cognitive infiltration of extremist groups, whereby government agents or their allies ... will undermine the crippled epistemology of those who subscribe to such theories. They do so by planting doubts about the theories and stylized facts that circulate within such groups, thereby introducing beneficial cognitive diversity."

Or, as a shocked Stossel interpreted the passage: "That's right. Obama's Regulation Czar is so concerned about citizens thinking the wrong way that he proposed sending government agents to 'infiltrate' these groups and manipulate them."

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