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Report Calls for 'Infiltration' of 9/11 Sites
August 29, 2010
More broadly, conspiracy theories drive a wedge of distrust between governments and particular communities. Conspiracy theories -- such as those that claim 7/7 or 9/11 were 'inside jobs' -- demolish the mutuality and trust that people have in institutions of government, with social and political ramifications that we still don't fully understand. This can especially hinder community-level efforts to fight violent extremism.
Demos makes a number of recommendations for governments to combat conspiracy theories, including a call for more government openness.
The report also cites the writings of Cass Sunstein, an Obama appointee who recently called for the "cognitive infiltration" of 9/11 truth groups. The Demos paper in turn calls for government agents to "openly infiltrate" websites and chatrooms in order offer "alternative information" and "plant seeds of doubt".
The Demos report can be downloaded here.
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