Just What/Who Is The Deep State?
The “Deep State” runs America’s federal government. Don’t believe me? Please, read on…
“The term 'Deep State' describes a system composed of high-level elements within the intelligence services, military, security, judiciary and organized crime,” according to former congressional staff member, Mike Lofgren, also the author of The Deep State: The Fall of the Constitution and the Rise of a Shadow Government, released in January 2016.
“It is a hybrid association of elements of government and parts of top-level finance and industry that is effectively able to govern the United States without reference to the consent of the governed as expressed through the formal political process,” Lofgren declared. It is therefore, an interface of sorts between the duly elected government, the public, and those with the most money and therefore, the power.
Lofgren continued, writing that “The Deep State does not consist of the entire government. It is a hybrid of national security and law enforcement agencies: the Department of Defense, the Department of State, the Department of Homeland Security, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Justice Department.” This is a collection of bureaucracies that work in the shadows but have, since Donald Trump’s victorious election, stepped out into the light.
As The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald explained during his interview with Democracy Now: “It’s agencies like the CIA, the NSA and the other intelligence agencies, that are essentially designed to disseminate disinformation and deceit and propaganda, and have a long history of doing not only that, but also have a long history of the world’s worst war crimes, atrocities and death squads.” And now, apparently, the Deep State is threatened by Trump’s upsetting of the federal government’s applecart. They are intervening in the will of the people and attempting to dismantle Trump’s inner circle, for political reasons. This game our spies are playing with Trump is one that will not end up well for either side.
The Deep State uses whatever pressures they can to assert their will. Political scientist and poet-scholar Peter Dale Scott once said that “CIA Director Leon Panetta advised Obama that ‘no Democratic president can go against military advice. So just do it. Do what they say.’” So that’s why Obama’s foreign policy over the last eight years has been so confusing at times. Obama tried to execute real strategy changes and pull us out of countries, but the Deep State had other plans and lo and behold we have an expanded drone assassination program, troops still in Iraq and Afghanistan and now the generals are gearing up to send a sizable number of troops into Syria to combat the Islamic State (ISIS) and to topple Assad.
“One factor linking Dallas, Watergate, Iran-Contra, and 9/11,” said Scott, “has been the involvement of personnel involved in America's highest-level emergency planning, known since the 1950s as Continuity of Government (COG). This planning group is one part of the American deep state, along with agencies like the CIA and NSA, the private groups like Booz Allen Hamilton to which more than half of the US intelligence budget is outsourced, and finally the powerful banks and corporations whose views are well represented in the CIA and NSA.” So, now one has to wonder, why haven’t other presidents attempted to dismantle or take on the Deep State in the past? Many say John F. Kennedy tried, though of course, he sadly ended up assassinated in one of the most scrutinized and confounding acts in U.S. history.
Was JFK the Deep State’s First Victim?
Jefferson Morley, a JFK expert, wrote in 2013 in U.S. News & World Report that after poring through recently declassified documents, he found some hints that the CIA were very likely involved in the killing of JFK.
The first fact Morley brings up is that Lee Harvey Oswald, JFK’s supposed killer, was watched far more closely by top CIA officials than the American people were ever told. Major news outlets still do not report this new evidence. Amazingly, undercover officers were reporting Oswald’s movements to CIA chief James Angleton from the time Oswald defected from the Soviet Union in 1959, up until he returned from Mexico City in 1963 all the way up until that fateful day in Dallas. So, why would the CIA tell investigators in the 1960s and 1970s that they only had a “routine” interest in Oswald before JFK was killed? They obviously thought he was some kind of threat and certainly had more than just a passing interest in him. They are covering up some kind of connection.
Furthermore, thousands of pages of assassination-related records have never been made public by the CIA. These pages almost certainly contain vital information on CIA personnel connected in the plot of the assassination. Sadly, there is still no proof of that and likely, there never will be. The CIA says it will not release the records until at least October 2017. They have the ability to put to rest these feelings of paranoia and accusations of conspiracy if they would release the pages. Sounds like they have something to hide.
Flash forward from the 1960s to 2017 and not much has changed.
The Deep State still has a stranglehold on the levers of power in the U.S. Glenn Greenwald from the Democracy Now interview said he believes that there is a division that exists today that is “a result of the Deep State’s disapproval of Trump’s foreign policy and the fact that the intelligence community overwhelmingly supported Hillary Clinton over Trump because of her hawkish views.” This was made abundantly clear by the CIA’s Mike Morell and NSA’s Michael Hayden speaking out openly against Trump during his campaign.
The CIA and the Deep State clearly preferred Clinton because, according to Greenwald, she supported regime change in Syria. Trump, on the other hand, has dismissed America’s destructive practice of nation-building in the Middle East. The president signaling an opening of relations with Russia to defeat ISIS and other extremist groups really seemed to scare the shadow government .
The Deep State’s assault on Trump by targeting National Security Adviser Michael Flynn is the beginning of the destruction of our democracy. Greenwald argues that combative mentality against the executive is “a prescription for destroying democracy overnight in the name of saving it,” meanwhile members of both major political parties praise the Deep State’s audacity in leaking details of Flynn’s confidential conversations with his Russian counterparts.
Why Flynn Had To Be The First To Go
Joachim Hagopian detailed why Flynn had to be the first to go on LewRockwell.com. Throughout history, Hagopian begins, “every American president over the last half century has served the diabolical elite, and not the people. And the last president that tried to serve the American people was murdered (JFK).” Trump is now attempting to bring the power back to the people in Washington DC as opposed to the wealthy and powerful individuals, agencies, and corporations.
As Trump became president, the Deep State worked closely with Democrats in Congress to slow walk every one of Trump’s cabinet picks. But their big prize came with the removal of Flynn.
Discussing the ousting of Flynn, Hagopian writes, “What we have here is a clandestine operation between two enemy camps in deep state America with one camp’s overt, over-the-top objective to overthrow through any means necessary the other camp that happens to be the standing government.” These are dangerous times for the Trump administration as the president’s list of enemies is growing longer and longer. If Trump will have the strength and ammunition to push back, he will need allies on his side to do so.
Sadly, Trump has sounded like yet another Republican neoconservative recently. On Wednesday, February 15, he tweeted: “Crimea was TAKEN by Russia during the Obama Administration. Was Obama too soft on Russia?” Are these just words to confuse Putin? Or are they a signal of Trump’s more muscular foreign policy?
America’s spies took down Flynn as easily as the CIA drones yet another target in a far away land. This is deeply worrying, according to Damon Linker in The Week.
“Flynn's ouster was a soft coup (or political assassination) engineered by anonymous intelligence community bureaucrats,” Linker wrote. “The results might be salutary, but this isn't the way a liberal democracy is supposed to function.” The Deep State’s assault on Trump and his administration are an attack on democracy itself. It should not be applauded, it should be feared.
“Unelected intelligence analysts work for the president, not the other way around,” Linker declared. “Far too many Trump critics appear not to care that these intelligence agents leaked highly sensitive information to the press — mostly because Trump critics are pleased with the result.” We cannot remain comfortable with the Deep State continuing to get its way. The people must support the Trump administration in this epic battle against a very dangerous foe. And the press must show some restraint for once and stop publishing stories reliant on anonymous intelligence sources.
Democracy Under Attack
Linker wrote later that the Deep State is playing a dangerous game with President Trump. The anonymous sources referenced in the stories that eventually took down Flynn were all from this shadow government attempting to strengthen its hold on DC during these tumultuous times.
The Flynn leaks are likely just the beginning. Other leaks and stories have been spilling out in the early days of the Trump presidency. For example, former National Security Agency analyst John Schindler tweeted in mid-February that an anonymous source in the IC told him the time had come to “go nuclear” against the president, who would “die in jail.” Later the same day, a Twitter account maintained by the FBI records division randomly released nearly 400 pages of documents related to an investigation of charges of racial discrimination against Trump properties more than four decades ago. The Deep State has declared war and the battle is being waged before our very eyes but behind the scenes nonetheless. These longtime government agents dangerously decide for themselves what confidential information can and cannot be released. This cannot be allowed to happen.
Wayne Madsen outlined the three Trump administrations in the Strategic Culture Foundation Online Journal. Many wonder who is really in charge of the U.S. government, just over one month into the Trump presidency. This is a fair question as there are many levers of power within our sprawling federal government.
“Suffice to say, there are, essentially, three Trump administrations, all with varying degrees of power,” Madsen introduced.
The first administration is Trump’s inner circle. Trump, Bannon, Ivanka, Kushner, Miller, and Sessions. The second Trump administration consists of establishment Republicans who endorsed Trump after he secured the Republican presidential nomination, including Priebus and Conway.
But the third Trump administration is the destructive Deep State. These are a “combination of George W. Bush/Ronald Reagan administration neoconservative activists and powerful Wall Street and Houston/Dallas oil business moguls traditionally linked to Republican politics,” according to Madsen. While these neoconservatives and business interests do not exactly agree on everything, they are nevertheless taking advantage of a new Trump administration to consolidate their grip on power.
Trump’s Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, a Texas native, oil man, and friend of the Bush family, dared propose Elliott Abrams as his deputy Secretary of State earlier this year. Abrams is an “Iran-contra felon from the Reagan administration,” according to Madsen. Abrams criticized Trump throughout his campaign, pushing his neoconservative rhetoric. Luckily, Trump shot Abrams’ nomination down.
But the Deep State didn’t stop with Abrams. Arch-neoconservative John Bolton was also proposed for number two at state, and even more recently, as Trump’s national security adviser. Thankfully, Trump did not allow either to happen.
Madsen concludes that America’s Deep State “will continue to run the U.S. government.” He does not think that Trump has drained the swamp. In fact, Trump “has merely joined the reptiles already in it.” Trump has already lost out on Flynn, the one dissenting voice in his national security circle on Russia and he is now surrounded with mostly neoconservative generals and other Deep State operatives.
Will Trump be able to take the Deep State on? Or are more in Trump’s inner circle soon to fall after more damning leaks hit the press? Will Trump be able to resist becoming yet another neoconservative nation-building Republican president?
However this plays out, let’s hope Trump does not end up like JFK in his battle with these unelected spies and moneyed interests running the country. Trump will need many allies in this fight and he will need to be careful as he ventures into these uncharted waters. Otherwise, this will be a short-lived presidency.
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firstname.lastname@example.org from upstate, NY on March 09, 2017:
As a rule I don't put much stock in conspiracies because they require the silence and cooperation of so many who have conflicting interests, motivations and convictions.
I would agree that the administrative state is a menace to representative democracy and needs to have its power brought back into its constitutional limits.
Most of these administrative agencies are now under the control of the executive branch, so you would think Trump could exercise considerable control over them.
Suzie from Carson City on February 28, 2017:
Bobby....I am beyond impressed with your political knowledge and savvy. Apparently you are well-read (all the most accurate & appropriate books and articles) well-researched and do your homework religiously. I, for one, appreciate you and your well-written informational hubs. Frankly, I simply don't delve this deeply (pun intended) but would not look this gift-horse in the mouth. Thank you.
I'm with you in terms of having serious concerns as our new Prez ventures into "uncharted waters," as you say. I prefer to remain positive and have faith that if anyone can successfully take on the Deep State, it will be him.
Grateful for the education, Bobby......Paula