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  •  & said to be a likely Obama SCUS nominee. Ugh. (3+ / 0-)
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    When an old man dies, a library burns down. --African proverb

    by Wom Bat on Fri Mar 26, 2010 at 08:51:19 AM PDT

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    •  Please . . just say NO! n/t (2+ / 0-)
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      thatvisionthing, Wom Bat

      "we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex" Dwight D. Eisenhower

      by bobdevo on Fri Mar 26, 2010 at 09:23:02 AM PDT

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      •  Would not want to see Sunstein in (1+ / 0-)
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        Stevens' seat, but think something that's about what we should expect from Obama. He's nominated Sotomayor, a Latina woman, so it may be CS's turn next. Rats.

        When an old man dies, a library burns down. --African proverb

        by Wom Bat on Fri Mar 26, 2010 at 09:30:44 AM PDT

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        •  If I was a Republican who didn't want to be (1+ / 0-)
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          infiltrated by the Obama government, I would scream bloody murder.  Sunstein's recent big idea was that the government infiltrate websites "for the good".  As if.  
          Glenn Greenwald covered it:

          Obama confidant's spine-chilling proposal
          Friday, Jan 15, 2010

          Often mentioned as a likely Obama nominee to the Supreme Court, Sunstein is currently Obama's head of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs where, among other things, he is responsible for "overseeing policies relating to privacy, information quality, and statistical programs."  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 (on the ground that those who don't believe government sources will be more inclined to listen to those who appear independent while secretly acting on behalf of the Government).

          "a yardstick for lunacy, one point of view" - RIP Lee Freeman

        •  Glenn Greenwald today (2+ / 0-)
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          The horrible prospect of Supreme Court Justice Cass Sunstein

          From the beginning of the War on Terror, Cass Sunstein turned himself into one of the most reliable Democratic cheerleaders for Bush/Cheney radicalism and their assault on the Constitution and the rule of law.

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