Sunday, February 7, 2010

The Empire Strikes Back - 2

This is a follow up to the post The Empire Strikes Back, to show why they strike back.

One of the top 50 people who influence public and social discourse is a "9/11 Truther".

He is number 41 of the 50, which means that whatever he is doing or has done is getting traction.

Notice what a left leaning British magazine has to say about his efforts:
Conspiracy theories are everywhere, and they always have been. In recent years, one of the most pernicious global myths has been that the US government carried out, or at least colluded in, the 11 September 2001 attacks as a pretext for going to war. David Ray Griffin, a retired professor of religion, is the high priest of the "truther" movement. His books on the subject have lent a sheen of respectability that appeals to people at the highest levels of government - from Michael Meacher MP to Anthony "Van" Jones, who was recently forced to resign as Barack Obama's "green jobs" adviser after it emerged that he had signed a 9/11 truth petition in 2004.
(The New Statesman). Some U.S. periodicals wonder why in the world the British press folks put him in the top 50, and attempt to explain why it could be a valid 41:
One of these choices, however, is beyond surprising - it is astounding.

I refer to the person in the 41st position: David Ray Griffin, a retired professor of philosophy of religion and theology who, in 2003, started writing and lecturing about 9/11, pointing out problems in the official account of the events of that day. By the time the New Statesman article appeared, he had published 8 books, 50 articles, and several DVDs. Because of both the quantity and quality of his work, he became widely regarded as the chief spokesperson of what came to be called “the 9/11 Truth Movement.” It was because of this role that the New Statesman included him in its list, calling him the “top truther” (the “conspiracy theorist” title went to Dan Brown, who was placed in the 50th slot).
(Global Research). Cass R. Sunstein, one of the government's theorists about how to neutralize Dr. Griffin and others, points out in his theory that popularity of the movement will dictate when the government should intervene by:
(1) Government might ban conspiracy theorizing. (2) Government might impose some kind of tax, financial or otherwise, on those who disseminate such theories. (3) Government might itself engage in counterspeech, marshaling arguments to discredit conspiracy theories. (4) Government might formally hire credible private parties to engage in counterspeech.
(The Empire Strikes Back). Sounds a bit Orwellian no? If they ban conspiracy theorizing many criminal prosecutions will be stopped, since they happen every day in the courts of the land (prosecutors use conspiracy theories: "they conspired to" do thus and such, which is considered to be good law).

Perhaps Obama's privacy official means banning conspiracy theories that are not official government conspiracy theories?

Where are we going when government officials advocate and teach torture, then are promoted to the highest levels in the judicial part of government, but others can not have conspiracy theories?

Some of these guys, like Cass, teach constitutional law at Harvard Law School? They evidently would not have to know the 4th or 1st Amendment now would they?

Here are some of the other people besides Dr. Griffin whose free speech they will be banning if they get all patrioty mavericky and go rogue:
Major General Albert Stubblebine, U.S. Army (ret) – Former Commanding General of U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command, 1981 - 1984. Also commanded the U.S. Army’s Electronic Research and Development Command and the U.S. Army’s Intelligence School and Center. Former head of Imagery Interpretation for Scientific and Technical Intelligence. 32-year Army career. Member, Military Intelligence Hall of Fame ...

... or Lt. Col. Robert Bowman, PhD, U.S. Air Force (ret) – Director of Advanced Space Programs Development under Presidents Ford and Carter. U.S. Air Force fighter pilot with over 100 combat missions. (PhD in Aeronautics and Nuclear Engineering, Cal Tech). Former Head of the Department of Aeronautical Engineering and Assistant Dean at the U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology. 22-year Air Force career. Also taught Mathematics and English at the University of Southern California, the University of Maryland, and Phillips University.
(The Patriots). Both of those intellectuals have literally fought to protect the First Amendment right to be a 9/11 Truther, and both are 9/11 Truthers.

Like Conservative Republican Richard Gage, an architect.

MOMCOM "Momma" Cass, I think that you have bitten off more than you can chew. Time to get real. You can't demonize liberals and conservatives at the same time so as to ban their First Amendment rights.

The next post in this series is here, the first post in this series is here.

5 comments:

  1. Sounds a bit Orwellian no?

    Actually, sounds a bit Nixonian as well. Unfortunately, thanks to the Patriot Act, making the government's enemies list can have far more wide reaching and dire consequences these days. Didn't we elect a "liberal left" administration in 2008? I could of swore some dapper young black guy was babbling on about "change we could believe in," or some such nonsense. Maybe I was dreaming or just drunk at the time. That happens a lot these days.

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  2. disaffected,

    The toxins of power are real, but those infected by them get sick at different rates.

    Sounds like an epidemic is afoot caused by lack of constitutional sanitation.

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  3. The inside job traitors should flee for the borders soon. All of them both in the government and in the network media. Did they really believe they were going to get away with murdering 3000 Americans? Did the networks believe we would swallow their lies forever? Now do the dogs think we will go away because they are calling us names? Americans don't do that. We want our country back from these murderers, liars and thieves!!!

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  4. Tomas Estrada-Palma,

    Welcome.

    It could be criminal insanity of various degrees at the core of the infection, with various degrees of dementia surrounding it.

    In other words we have a serious mental illness outbreak in our government, centralized in MOMCOM.

    The journal American Behavioral Science is dedicating an entire volume to the discussion of SCAD (State Crimes Against Democracy) and the denial / blindness of the people to it.

    I will be doing a series of posts here to discuss this approach, as I have done so in the past.

    My approach has been to diagnose SCAD as criminal dementia but to diagnose the public's inability to handle it as a non-criminal dementia in need of good mental health treatment.

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  5. It seems that the government is following up on Cass R. Sunstein's ideology.

    They have put an ex-Marine in the psycho ward because of his 9/11 opinions: Link

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