The Deep State

The Fall of the Constitution and the Rise of a Shadow Government

Author: Mike Lofgren

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698186923

Category: Political Science

Page: 320

View: 4236

The New York Times bestselling author of The Party Is Over delivers a no-holds-barred exposé of who really wields power in Washington Every Four years, tempers are tested and marriages fray as Americans head to the polls to cast their votes. But does anyone really care what we think? Has our vaunted political system become one big, expensive, painfully scriped reality TV show? In this cringe-inducing expose of the sins and excesses of Beltwayland, a longtime Republican party insider argues that we have become an oligarchy in form if not in name. Hooked on war, genuflecting to big donors, in thrall to discredited economic theories and utterly bereft of a moral compass, America’s governing classes are selling their souls to entrenched interest while our bridges collapse, wages, stagnate, and our water is increasingly undrinkable. Drawing on sinsights gleaned over three decades on Capitol Hill, much of it on the Budget Committee, Lofgren paints a gripping portrait of the dismal swamp on the Potomac and the revolution it will take to reclaim our government and set us back on course. From the Hardcover edition.

The Deep State

The Fall of the Constitution and the Rise of a Shadow Government

Author: Mike Lofgren

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0143109936

Category: Bureaucracy

Page: 320

View: 1103

The U.S. spends ten times more on the political circus leading up to elections than any other country, but what are they getting for all of that money? The truth, as Mike Lofgren reveals in this devastating takedown of beltway business, is that U.S. elected leaders provide a fig leaf for those who really hold the levers of power; the unelected functionaries of ever-growing bureaucracies who decide America's defence, intelligence and foreign policy, and the corporate titans who control them. A shocking expose from someone who spent three decades in congress.

The Deep State

The Fall of the Constitution and the Rise of a Shadow Government

Author: Mike Lofgren

Publisher: Viking Adult

ISBN: 0525428348

Category: Bureaucracy

Page: 310

View: 6648

The U.S. spends ten times more on the political circus leading up to elections than any other country, but what are they getting for all of that money? The truth, as Mike Lofgren reveals in this devastating takedown of beltway business, is that U.S. elected leaders provide a fig leaf for those who really hold the levers of power; the unelected functionaries of ever-growing bureaucracies who decide America's defence, intelligence and foreign policy, and the corporate titans who control them. A shocking expose from someone who spend 3 decades in congress.

The Party Is Over

How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless, and the Middle Class Got Shafted

Author: Mike Lofgren

Publisher: Penguin Group USA

ISBN: 0143124218

Category: Political Science

Page: 232

View: 4377

The New York Times?bestselling manifesto about America's broken political system and how it got that way Mike Lofgren was once a proud Republican. When he came to Washington in the early 1980s, the party was controlled by what was mostly a rational group of people with a basic grasp of economics and foreign policy. So what happened since then? How did the party of Lincoln become the party of lunatics? After some thirty years in Congress, Lofgren, exasperated by the circus of the debt-ceiling debate, stepped down from his position on the Senate Budget Committee in disgust in 2011. Written by a refreshingly skeptical insider, The Party Is Over is an electrifying manifesto for the growing number of Americans who are appalled by our politicians and fed up with their pandering to corporate interests. Wry, trenchant, and highly persuasive, Lofgren offers clear suggestions for how to break through the gridlock and reverse political dysfunction in Washington.

Deep State

Inside the Government Secrecy Industry

Author: Marc Ambinder,D. B. Grady

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118235738

Category: Political Science

Page: 336

View: 1058

There is a hidden country within the United States. It was formed from the astonishing number of secrets held by the government and the growing ranks of secret-keepers given charge over them. The government secrecy industry speaks in a private language of codes and acronyms, and follows an arcane set of rules and customs designed to perpetuate itself, repel penetration, and deflect oversight. It justifies itself with the assertion that the American values worth preserving are often best sustained by subterfuge and deception. There are indications that this deep state is crumbling. Necessary secrets are often impossible to keep, while frivolous secrets are kept forever. The entire system has fallen prey to political manipulation, with leaks carefully timed to advance agendas, and over-classification given to indefensible government activities. Deep State, written by two of the country's most respected national security journalists, disassembles the secrecy apparatus of the United States and examines real-world trends that ought to trouble everyone from the most aggressive hawk to the fiercest civil libertarian. The book: - Provides the fullest account to date of the National Security Agency’s controversial surveillance program first spun up in the dark days after 9/11. - Examines President Obama's attempt to reconcile his instincts as a liberal with the realities of executive power, and his use of the state secrets doctrine. - Exposes how the public’s ubiquitous access to information has been the secrecy industry's toughest opponent to date, and provides a full account of how WikiLeaks and other “sunlight” organizations are changing the government's approach to handling sensitive information, for better and worse. - Explains how the increased exposure of secrets affects everything from Congressional budgets to Area 51, from SEAL Team Six and Delta Force to the FBI, CIA, and NSA. - Assesses whether the formal and informal mechanisms put in place to protect citizens from abuses by the American deep state work, and how they might be reformed. Deep State is based on the authors' insatiable curiosity for the ground truth and layered on a foundation of original and historical research as well as unprecedented access to lawmakers, intelligence agency heads, White House officials, and secret program managers. It draws on thousands of recently declassified documents and candid interviews with more than 100 military, industry, and government officials. By the bestselling authors of The Command: Deep Inside the President's Secret Army: Marc Ambinder, editor at large at The Week, contributing editor at GQ and the Atlantic, who has covered Washington for CBS News and ABC News; and D.B. Grady, a correspondent for the Atlantic, national security columnist for The Week, and former U.S. Army paratrooper and Afghanistan veteran.

Government of the Shadows

Parapolitics and Criminal Sovereignty

Author: Eric Wilson

Publisher: Pluto Press (UK)

ISBN: N.A

Category: Law

Page: 290

View: 6815

Leading scholars discuss ideology and hotly contested post-structuralist theory.

Shadow Government

How the Secret Global Elite is Using Surveillance Against You

Author: Grant R. Jeffrey

Publisher: Waterbrook Press

ISBN: 1400074428

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 240

View: 6912

In an age of security cameras, spy chips hidden in consumer products, and an ultra-secret global elite, Jeffrey reveals the biblical description of Satan's global conquest and identifies the tools of technology that the Antichrist will use to rule the world.

The American Deep State

Big Money, Big Oil, and the Struggle for U.S. Democracy

Author: Peter Dale Scott

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1538100258

Category: Political Science

Page: 354

View: 932

Now in a new edition updated through the unprecedented 2016 presidential election, this provocative book makes a compelling case for a hidden “deep state” that influences and often opposes official U.S. policies. Prominent political analyst Peter Dale Scott begins by tracing America’s increasing militarization, restrictions on constitutional rights, and income disparity since World War II. With the start of the Cold War, he argues, the U.S. government changed immensely in both function and scope, from protecting and nurturing a relatively isolated country to assuming ever-greater responsibility for controlling world politics in the name of freedom and democracy. This has resulted in both secretive new institutions and a slow but radical change in the American state itself. He argues that central to this historic reversal were seismic national events, ranging from the assassination of President Kennedy to 9/11. Scott marshals compelling evidence that the deep state is now partly institutionalized in non-accountable intelligence agencies like the CIA and NSA, but it also extends its reach to private corporations like Booz Allen Hamilton and SAIC, to which 70 percent of intelligence budgets are outsourced. Behind these public and private institutions is the influence of Wall Street bankers and lawyers, allied with international oil companies beyond the reach of domestic law. Undoubtedly the political consensus about America’s global role has evolved, but if we want to restore the country’s traditional constitutional framework, it is important to see the role of particular cabals—such as the Project for the New American Century—and how they have repeatedly used the secret powers and network of Continuity of Government (COG) planning to implement change. Yet the author sees the deep state polarized between an establishment and a counter-establishment in a chaotic situation that may actually prove more hopeful for U.S. democracy.

National Security and Double Government

Author: Michael J. Glennon

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190668474

Category: Law

Page: 304

View: 8881

Why has U.S. security policy scarcely changed from the Bush to the Obama administration? National Security and Double Government offers a disquieting answer. Michael J. Glennon challenges the myth that U.S. security policy is still forged by America's visible, "Madisonian institutions" - the President, Congress, and the courts. Their roles, he argues, have become largely illusory. Presidential control is now nominal, congressional oversight is dysfunctional, and judicial review is negligible. The book details the dramatic shift in power that has occurred from the Madisonian institutions to a concealed "Trumanite network" - the several hundred managers of the military, intelligence, diplomatic, and law enforcement agencies who are responsible for protecting the nation and who have come to operate largely immune from constitutional and electoral restraints. Reform efforts face daunting obstacles. Remedies within this new system of "double government" require the hollowed-out Madisonian institutions to exercise the very power that they lack. Meanwhile, reform initiatives from without confront the same pervasive political ignorance within the polity that has given rise to this duality. The book sounds a powerful warning about the need to resolve this dilemma-and the mortal threat posed to accountability, democracy, and personal freedom if double government persists. This paperback version features an Afterword that addresses the emerging danger posed by populist authoritarianism rejecting the notion that the security bureaucracy can or should be relied upon to block it.

The Deeper State

Inside the War on Trump by Corrupt Elites, Secret Societies, and the Builders of an Imminent Final Empire

Author: Robert L. Maginnis

Publisher: Defender

ISBN: 9780999189412

Category: Religion

Page: 372

View: 8376

The Deeper State is about the elites, their secret societies, world power centers and evil motivations behind the chaotic contemporary world pressing all life toward a final one world empire. The contemporary trigger that briefly lifted the veil on this darkness was the election of President Donald Trump who exposed the power brokers, their evil agenda, their techniques and ideology much like when one is shocked when lifting a rock in the forest to discover hidden underneath slimy poisonous vipers. Deep State is a term that has recently come into vogue to describe the forces in Washington and around the country that are rallying to overturn the election of President Trump. But there is far more to this organized resistance, there is an even ¿deeper state¿ that must be exposed to fully understand the imminent danger.THE DEEPER STATE discloses for the first time¿¿ Behind the scenes super elites who promote a false panacea through promises of globalization.¿ How globalist are taking over the world¿s power centers¿ The instruments of global power and the secret hands of the globe¿s evil puppet masters. ¿ The history of the world¿s super class.¿ The marriage of modern globalism and progressivism with deep roots in Marxism and Darwinism.¿ The one-world government elite behind the European Union.¿ The spiritual aspects of an invisible war and its Achilles heel. Just when all hope seems lost there is an ancient leader that provides sage advice for these tumultuous times. Yes, God has pre-ordained the final outcome but until that time, which could be soon, we can make a difference in spite of the rigid and seemingly overwhelming push by the elites and their evil ally in the unseen realm.

Shadow Government

Surveillance, Secret Wars, and a Global Security State in a Single-Superpower World

Author: Tom Engelhardt

Publisher: Haymarket Books

ISBN: 160846427X

Category: Political Science

Page: 200

View: 3698

Praise for Tom Engelhardt's The United States of Fear: "Tom Engelhardt, as always, focuses his laser-like intelligence on a core problem that the media avoid. . . . A stunning polemic."—Mike Davis Praise for The American War of War: "A tour de force."—Jeremy Scahill In 1964, a book entitled The Invisible Government shocked Americans with its revelations of a growing world of intelligence agencies playing fast and loose around the planet, a secret government lodged inside the one they knew that even the president didn't fully control. Almost half a century later, everything about that "invisible government" has grown vastly larger, more disturbing, and far more visible. In his new book, Tom Engelhardt takes in something new under the sun: what is no longer, as in the 1960s, a national security state, but a global security one, fighting secret wars that have turned the president into an assassin-in-chief. Shadow Government offers a powerful survey of a democracy of the wealthy that your grandparents wouldn't have recognized. Tom Engelhardt created and runs the TomDispatch.com website, a project of the Nation Institute, where he is a fellow. He is the author of The American Way of War and The United States of Fear, both published by Haymarket Books; a highly praised history of American triumphalism in the cold war, The End of Victory Culture; and of a novel, The Last Days of Publishing. He lives in New York. Glenn Greenwald is a columnist on civil liberties and US national security issues for the Guardian.

The Way of the Shadow Wolves

The Deep State and the Hijacking of America

Author: Steven Seagal

Publisher: 5th Palace Publishing

ISBN: 9780999497500

Category: Arizona

Page: 240

View: 1664

Action adventure about a tribal police officer in Arizona who stumbles onto a crime involving international covert operations.

The Future of American Progressivism

An Initiative for Political and Economic Reform

Author: Cornel West,Roberto M. Unger

Publisher: Beacon Press

ISBN: 9780807043271

Category: Political Science

Page: 104

View: 1014

"A bold political analysis that should inspire public life." —Kirkus Reviews Seizing the quintessentially American idea that everything is possible, Unger and West argue that we can stimulate economic growth and guarantee opportunity and sufficient resources for all citizens. They propose specific reforms in business, taxation, so cial security, and education, and their program is an image of American political and civic life as a vital, evolving, and hopeful arena for solving our collective problems. Theirs is an all-inclusive, bipartisan, business-friendly vision. "A thin volume packed with solutions to our nation's inequities." —Ebony

The President's Book of Secrets

The Untold Story of Intelligence Briefings to America's Presidents

Author: David Priess

Publisher: PublicAffairs

ISBN: 1610395964

Category: Political Science

Page: 400

View: 7302

Every president has had a unique and complicated relationship with the intelligence community. While some have been coolly distant, even adversarial, others have found their intelligence agencies to be among the most valuable instruments of policy and power. Since John F. Kennedy's presidency, this relationship has been distilled into a personalized daily report: a short summary of what the intelligence apparatus considers the most crucial information for the president to know that day about global threats and opportunities. This top–secret document is known as the President's Daily Brief, or, within national security circles, simply “the Book.” Presidents have spent anywhere from a few moments (Richard Nixon) to a healthy part of their day (George W. Bush) consumed by its contents; some (Bill Clinton and George H. W. Bush) consider it far and away the most important document they saw on a regular basis while commander in chief. The details of most PDBs are highly classified, and will remain so for many years. But the process by which the intelligence community develops and presents the Book is a fascinating look into the operation of power at the highest levels. David Priess, a former intelligence officer and daily briefer, has interviewed every living president and vice president as well as more than one hundred others intimately involved with the production and delivery of the president's book of secrets. He offers an unprecedented window into the decision making of every president from Kennedy to Obama, with many character–rich stories revealed here for the first time.

The Fourth Branch of Government

We the People

Author: Jack Trammell,Guy Terrell

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781939930743

Category: Political Science

Page: 178

View: 5629

With the explosion of social media and the Internet, practically everyone in America has instant access to the news and a greater ability to follow what is happening anywhere. As a result, we are a culture and a nation that is bombarded with information. However, we are coping poorly with that assault and using an outdated framework for our governance. Many people feel disconnected from the very mechanisms and people who are supposed to represent their interests.'The Fourth Branch of Government' is about updating the framework of our democracy. It is a movement whose time has come, and one that the Founding Fathers envisioned. This book outlines a roadmap for how change can be facilitated, as well as a rationale for why it is absolutely necessary and urgent. The only way to update our democracy and make it relevant to the 21st century is to call for a Constitutional Convention. In that forum, we can consider changes like eliminating the Electoral College, or implementing e-voting--perhaps even changes leading to a broader and more direct participation in our governance, the Fourth Branch of Government.

JFK - 9/11

50 Years of Deep State

Author: Laurent Guyenot

Publisher: Progressivepress.com

ISBN: 9781615776399

Category:

Page: 239

View: 316

JFK-9/11 assembles the most significant and well-documented "deep events" of the last fifty years into a coherent narrative of the "deep history" of the United States and its sphere of influence. The result is both a concise introduction for newcomers (a "deep history for dummies"), and an insightful perspective for informed readers. Relying strictly on documented evidence and state-of-the-art JFK and 9/11 research, the book cuts through the layers of government and mainstream media lies, to expose the hidden powers at work in the Empire's underground foreign policy. It documents the role of undercover and paramilitary operations, psychological warfare and disinformation campaigns, and above all false flag terror, in the course of world politics since the beginning of the Cold War, and increasingly since September 11th. The book is divided in two parts: the first deals with the underlying forces of the Cold War, the second with the driving forces of the War on Terror. The period investigated begins just before 22 November 1963 and peaks on 11 September 2001, the two deep events that weigh most heavily on the unfolding of American and world history. The author highlights their structural similarities, examines how one made the other possible thirty-eight years later, and follows the underlying thread leading from the one to the other, in the hope of anticipating and circumventing future atrocities.

Constitutional Coup

Privatization’s Threat to the American Republic

Author: Jon D. Michaels

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674737733

Category: History

Page: 312

View: 2389

Americans hate bureaucracy—though they love the services it provides—and demand that government run like a business. Hence today’s privatization revolution. Jon Michaels shows how the fusion of politics and profits commercializes government and consolidates state power in ways the Constitution’s framers endeavored to disaggregate.

Lords of Secrecy

The National Security Elite and America's Stealth Warfare

Author: Scott Horton

Publisher: Nation Books

ISBN: 1568584881

Category: Political Science

Page: 272

View: 1440

State secrecy is increasingly used as the explanation for the shrinking of public discussion surrounding national security issues. The phrase “that’s classified” is increasingly used not to protect national secrets from legitimate enemies, but rather to stifle public discourse regarding national security. Washington today is inclined to see secrecy as a convenient cure to many of its problems. But too often these problems are not challenges to national security, they involve the embarrassment of political figures, disclosure of mismanagement, incompetence and corruption and even outright criminality. For national security issues to figure in democratic deliberation, the public must have access to basic facts that underlie the issues. The more those facts disappear under a cloak of state secrecy, the less space remains for democratic process and the more deliberation falls into the hands of largely unelected national security elites. The way out requires us to think much more critically and systematically about secrecy and its role in a democratic state.