I thought this was funny:
Secret services 'must be made more transparent'
I found the bit about "...The more open the Government is, the harder it is for extremist groups to make stories out of silence" particularly amusing, given the rabid stonewalling that the Department of Health and its agencies have subjected people to over the Seroxat farce, and others.
I was also amused by the idea of Government personnel "infiltrating" web forums for the purpose of clarifying how wrong the conspiracy theorists are! Stupid cunts! If only they were able to acknowledge that, given the limited information available, almost any bizarre story may be concocted.
It is impossible to lie effectively. It is impossible to control information. And it is effectively impossible to hide the evidence of one's lies - not having a smoking gun is irrelevant if one is able to compare the story to the outcome, and identify a discrepancy. The problem for government is that when a person believes that they have spotted a flaw in its reasoning it tends not to respond (or if it does respond, it dismisses the perceived flaw as a conspiracy theory!), and no amount of thinktanks can resolve that.