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


“In the United States today, the phrase `conspiracy theory’ functions as a sort of giant cudgel, used to scare us out of talking openly about a broad (and ever-growing) range of scandals that the powerful cannot afford to let the people comprehend. In this new book, David Ray Griffin takes devastating aim at that repressive tactic, exposing it for what it really is. All those who cherish democracy, and intellectual freedom, owe it to themselves to read this brave analysis—and owe its author their sincerest thanks.” — Mark Crispin Miller, Professor of Culture and Communication, New York University

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Griffin’s meritorious effort to raise public awareness and understanding

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.” Arguing that such theories are believed only by groups suffering from “informational isolation,” he advocated the use of anonymous government agents to engage in “cognitive infiltration” of these groups in order to introduce “cognitive diversity,” with the aim of breaking them up.

Noting that Sunstein’s proposal has evoked condemnations from across the political spectrum–not least because it, being similar to the FBI’s COINTELPRO of the 1960s, would be illegal–David Ray 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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The Peter B Collins Show

October 15, 2010 – Peter B Collins Show

Peter B Collins talks with researcher Tod Fletcher subbing for Dr. David Ray Griffin, who is recovering from surgery and complications due to a staph infection he got in the hospital. Griffin’s new book, Cognitive Infiltration systematically shreds the specious arguments advanced by White House advisor Cass Sunstein on the best ways to undermine the 9/11 truth movement without disproving its main contentions. Sunstein, former law professor at Harvard and Chicago, released a document in early 2009 calling for infiltration of the movement as a way of discrediting its many credible challenges to the official story. One of Griffin’s strongest arguments is a call for a televised public debate on the issues.

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  1. Jacinda Cardone said, on September 30, 2010 at 12:02 am

    Keep up the good work!! Thumbs up!!

  2. Jim said, on August 12, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    This is an excellent book! I’ve read it — as I’ve read ALL of David Ray Griffin’s books — and like the others, this one is well-researched, well thought out and well written. Thank you dear Dr. Griffin for all the work you do!

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