Saturday, September 8, 2018
By Paul Martin

by Ted Malloch, author of The Plot to Destroy Trump
September 7, 2018

Sometimes art truly does imitate life. “Deep State” is a fictional television miniseries about a retired MI6 agent called back to do just one more job.

Sound familiar?

In the real world, the Deep State is synonymous with a shadow government—a permanent yet formless administrative state that exists in contrast to the tangible public structures we’ve all come to know.

This Deep State is secretive. It entails a fluid network that includes intelligence agencies like the NSA, FBI, CIA, and Defense Department—agencies that run on secret surveillance, in-the-know Intel, and cryptic communication. Agencies that play for high stakes, willing to do anything to make sure they don’t lose it all. This Deep State isn’t your local town council or the Department of Agriculture. In other words, it ain’t your grandpa’s government.

The term has been thrown around in political circles for years, but it quickly reentered our national discourse in early 2016 when Trump talked about a cabal—a secret political faction—that operated in Washington DC of unelected officials—that “swamp” that had to be drained, as he so demanded.

Back in 2014 Eric Snowden, the NSA whistleblower, exposed the reach of government surveillance, saying: “There’s definitely a deep state. Trust me, I’ve been there.”1

1 Garvin, Glenn. “Is the Deep State Real—and is it at war with Donald Trump?” Miami Herald. Feb 2 2018. 198038824.html.

Internet activist and founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange—who has gained international recognition as an advocate for truth—publicly released a trove of classified CIA documents that have been dubbed the “Deep State Files.”

Following an arrest in 2010, Assange has lived under political asylum granted by Ecuador since 2012, where, to this day, he currently lives at their embassy in London. Assange, who can’t leave his confined space, rarely speaks to outsiders and has almost no human interaction. Clearly, the stakes for going against this Deep State are high.

Perhaps it is Mike Lofgren, a former congressional aide, who accurately captures the essence of the Deep State, calling it “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 for- mal political process.”2

Its origins echo the long-standing politico term “military-industrial complex,” first referenced by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in his 1961 farewell address when he discussed its potential risks: “In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.”

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