You may remember Cass Sunstein from his days as the Obama Administration regulatory czar, but now he is back in a job that should scare any American concerned about privacy. Just what is Sunstein, who Glenn once labeled "the most dangerous man in America," up to now?
Yesterday, President Obama appointed Sunstein to serve on the NSA oversight panel. This appointment is particularly interesting when you consider that, in 2008, Sunstein co-wrote a paper at Harvard advocating government infiltration of conspiracy theorists.
“Those who subscribe to conspiracy theories may create serious risks, including risks of violence, and the existence of such theories raises significant challenges for policy and law,” the paper reads. “Because those who hold conspiracy theories typically suffer from a crippled epistemology, in accordance with which it is rational to hold such theories, the best response consists in cognitive infiltration of extremist groups. Various policy dilemmas, such as the question whether it is better for government to rebut conspiracy theories or to ignore them, are explored in this light.”
With that mindset, one can only imagine what kind of ‘oversight’ Sunstein will offer the NSA.
“Listen to this, America. Cass Sunstein, whose idol is Edward Bernays – his book was the book found on Goebbels’ desk. Goebbels is the guy who was the architect of propaganda, who said he learned it from the American progressive. He learned it from Bernays,” Glenn explained on radio this morning. “Sunstein couldn't wait to get into government because he's the guy responsible for all of the regulation. He's the guy responsible for all the paperwork. That's important to understand – he is controlling you through choices and paperwork. And so this guy, we said for a long time: Most dangerous man in America.”
“And now he's been appointed by the president for the panel to oversee the NSA,” Pat said disgusted.
President Obama created the NSA oversight panel because, in the aftermath of the Edward Snowden leaks, many Americans began to question the motives of the NSA. The President claims he wants people to trust the NSA, and yet he chose to appoint the man who wrote a book called Nudge: Improving Decisions about Heath, Wealth, and Happiness, which condones government over-regulation, to be a part of the panel.
“And here he is, Cass Sunstein, the guy who says it's the government's responsibility to lie to you. These aren't my words. These are his word. I'm paraphrasing, but these are his words,” Glenn said. “He says it is the government's responsibility that if you see somebody that is coming out against a government program, you immediately say ‘conspiracy theorist’ and you immediately label them as a conspiracy theorist.”
“Look at how well it's working. You label them a conspiracy theorist and so nobody pays attention to them. Now, anybody who says the government should lie to you and to malign people and to destroy people because they're telling you the truth is evil,” he continued. “When all of this stuff eventually comes out – and it will because I will hunt for the truth for the rest of my life. I will expose these people for the rest of my life. I will never give up exposing the truth of what these people have done and the lies that they tell for power.”
“And that's all it is,” Glenn concluded. “Cass Sunstein is a power hungry man. He believes he knows better than you, and the progressives know better than you, and so he will show them how to trap you.”