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  •  Or he perhaps simply feels compelled to (12+ / 0-)

    continue the precedent set by the preceding administration that promised not to (wink, wink - read between the lines) either to lie or not lie to us:

    Q: Mr. Secretary, if I could just follow up, will there be any circumstances, as you prosecute this campaign, in which anyone in the Department of Defense will be authorized to lie to the news media in order to increase the chances of success of a military operation or gain some other advantage over your adversaries?

    Rumsfeld: Of course, this conjures up Winston Churchill's famous phrase when he said -- don't quote me on this, okay? I don't want to be quoted on this, so don't quote me. He said sometimes the truth is so precious it must be accompanied by a bodyguard of lies -- talking about the invasion date and the invasion location. And indeed, they engaged not just in not talking about the date of the Normandy invasion or the location, whether it was to be Normandy Beach or just north off of Belgium, they actually engaged in a plan to confuse the Germans as to where it would happen. And they had a fake army under General Patton and one thing and another thing. That is a piece of history, and I bring it up just for the sake of background.

    •  or perhaps he's simply timid and intimidated (2+ / 0-)
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      Roadbed Guy, DocGonzo

      Its not change, but I can believe it.

    •  Speaking of "a bodyguard of lies", Cass Sunstein (1+ / 0-)
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      … seems to have been appointed by President Obama to the new "oversight" board of the NSA.

      http://digbysblog.blogspot.de/...
      http://www.emptywheel.net/...

      The Dutch kids' chorus Kinderen voor Kinderen wishes all the world's children freedom from hunger, ignorance, and war. ☮ ♥ ☺

      by lotlizard on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 03:26:40 PM PDT

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      •  Ooh, good link (1+ / 0-)
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        lotlizard

        with information that almost rings true from our experience right here at DailyKos!

        In 2008, while at Harvard Law School, Sunstein co-wrote a truly pernicious paper proposing that the U.S. Government employ teams of covert agents and pseudo-”independent” advocates to “cognitively infiltrate” online groups and websites — as well as other activist groups — which advocate views that Sunstein deems “false conspiracy theories” about the Government. This would be designed to increase citizens’ faith in government officials and undermine the credibility of conspiracists. The paper’s abstract can be read, and the full paper downloaded, here.

        Sunstein advocates that the Government’s stealth infiltration should be accomplished by sending covert agents into “chat rooms, online social networks, or even real-space groups.” He also proposes that the Government make secret payments to so-called “independent” credible voices to bolster the Government’s messaging

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