Cognitive Infiltration: An Obama Appointee's Plan to Undermine the 9/11 Conspiracy Theory

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Former Chicago and Harvard law professor Cass Sunstein, who in 2009 was appointed by President Barack Obama to direct an important executive branch office, had in 2008 co-authored an article containing a plan for the government to prevent the spread of anti-government "conspiracy theories," in which he advocated the use of anonymous government agents to engage in "cognitive infiltration" of these groups in order to break them up. In his new book, Griffin focuses on the fact that Sunstein's primary target is the ...

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Overview

Former Chicago and Harvard law professor Cass Sunstein, who in 2009 was appointed by President Barack Obama to direct an important executive branch office, had in 2008 co-authored an article containing a plan for the government to prevent the spread of anti-government "conspiracy theories," in which he advocated the use of anonymous government agents to engage in "cognitive infiltration" of these groups in order to break them up. In his new book, Griffin focuses on the fact that Sunstein's primary target is the conspiracy theory advocated by the 9/11 Truth Movement. Examining Sunstein's charge that this theory is both "harmful" and "demonstrably false," Griffin uses both satire and overwhelming evidence to show that this twofold charge applies instead to what Sunstein calls "the true conspiracy theory" about 9/11-namely, the "theory that al-Qaeda was responsible for 9/11."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566568210
  • Publisher: Interlink Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 843,269
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Cass Sunstein's "Conspiracy Theories"

1 Conspiracy Theories Defined 1

2 Conspiracy Theories in America as Usually False 8

3 The 9/11 Conspiracy Theory Defined 25

4 9/11 Conspiracy Theorists as Epistemological Cripples 27

5 The 9/11 Conspiracy Theory as Demonstrably False 51

6 The 9/11 Conspiracy Theory as Harmful 88

7 The Duty to Undermine the 9/11 Conspiracy Theory 106

8 Inoculating the Public 110

9 Hard-Core Conspiracy Theorists as Unteachable 124

10 Cognitive Infiltration as the Best Solution 132

Conclusion: Interpreting the Esoteric Interpretation 147

Acknowledgments 157

Notes 158

Index 191

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