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Scott and Lofgren: The Deep State
Americans sense something’s wrong. Peter Dale Scott (top) and Mike Lofgren (bottom) clearly describe what’s lies beneath unease – a nebulous amalgamation of forces within government, inside the military and from outside corporations that truly direct the American state. It’s the military-industrial complex, President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned Americans about over fifty years ago, but with a few new players. Scott and Lofgren describe the Deep State, the real power center driving American affairs not the facade of the United States Congress or our President. If the reader wants to know who’s running the show these are the places to look!
Author and researcher Scott has been peering into dark recesses of the Deep State or Shadow government for decades. In current article, “The State, the Deep State, and the Wall Street Overworld,” Scott compares his view of this mostly anonymous deep political system with that of Lofgren. Scott cites some recent definitions for the Deep State, he seems to like, a 2013 Times Op-ED included: “A hard-to-perceive level of government or super-control that exists regardless of elections and that may thwart popular movements or radical change.” Another definition provided from a U.K. newsletter deemed worthwhile: “‘the embedded anti-democratic power structures within a government, something very few democracies can claim to be free from.’” The latter definition may represent little more than the corruption of selfish interests bound to have things go their way!
A deep system operates behind the scenes and Scott directs his powers of observation to give it definition. A “deep political system” defined by Scott, years ago: “I shall use ‘deep state’ in the larger sense, to include both the second level of secret government inside Washington and those outsiders powerful enough, in either the underworld or overworld, to give it direction. In short I shall equate the term ‘deep state’ with what in 1993 I termed a ‘deep political system:’ ‘one which habitually resorts to decision-making and enforcement procedures outside as well as inside those publicly sanctioned by law and society.’” Players outside the government include the Mafia and Wall St. represents veritable incarnation of the “one percent” as a result of a bifurcation of American society that began with the Reagan years, according to Scott. There’s the one percent and then there’s everyone else.
A current description of the Deep State shows prominent roles carved out by the CIA and NSA. Scott and Lofgren possess similar views according to Scott of perceiving “…an ambiguous symbiosis between two aspects of the American deep state: 1) the Beltway agencies of the shadow government, like the CIA and NSA, which have been instituted by the public state and now overshadow it, and 2) the much older power of Wall Street, referring to the powerful banks and law firms located there.” Wall St. viewed as ultimate owner of the Deep State and its strategies, since they have the money to buy anyone off or provide an income once a government career is over!
The dominant player remains Wall St., according to Scott, and what he terms the Overworld: “This larger complex is what I mean by the Wall Street overworld.” An old quote by former President Franklin D. Roosevelt used to back up what was viewed as common knowledge in the thirties: “Franklin Roosevelt’s observation in 1933 to his friend Col. E.M. House that ‘The real truth … is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the larger centers has owned the Government ever since the days of Andrew Jackson.'” Scott reminds reader of the obvious, who remains dominant, when: ” The political clout of the quasi-governmental Federal Reserve Board (where the federal Treasury is represented but does not dominate) was clearly demonstrated in 2008, when Fed leadership secured instant support from the successive administrations of a Texan Republican president, followed by a Midwest Democratic one, for public money to rescue the reckless management of Wall Street banks…” The last statement should make it clear to any reader we live under a Wall St. dominated oligarchy!
A keen insight shared by Scott that cannot be underestimated, are intimate ties of Wall St. with the CIA. Scott goes into detail of how Wall St. lawyer Allen Dulles went about setting up the intelligence agency, which included input of Wall St. bankers: “In 1946 General Vandenberg, as Director of Central Intelligence (DCI), recruited Allen Dulles, then a Republican lawyer at Sullivan and Cromwell in New York, ‘to draft proposals for the shape and organization of what was to become the Central Intelligence Agency in 1947.’ Dulles promptly formed an advisory group of six men, all but one of whom were Wall Street investment bankers or lawyers. Dulles and two of the six (William H. Jackson and Frank Wisner) later joined the agency…” It can be implied the CIA represents a means of enforcement of Wall St. policies, and perhaps, a procurer of black funds to keep a corrupt system afloat!
A detailed history of more recent operatives in the Deep State are made fascinating by Scott with his ability to describe their roles and why the changes in actors over time! It’s an amazing account. Scott shares how roles shifted over time with a cast of Booz Allen Hamilton, Adnan Kashoggi, Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) and the Safari Club as need for private players continued, who could operate outside the confines of American law.
Scott warns what happened in Turkey could happen in the United States: “A former Turkish president and prime minister once commented that the Turkish deep state was the real state, and the public state was only a ‘spare state,’ not the real one. A better understanding of the American deep state is necessary, if we are to prevent it from assuming permanently the same role.” The present writer would suggest it’s already too late and visible US government remains as a vestige – little more than a facade to provide some sense of normalcy to an otherwise co-opted state! You may catch recent interview of Peter Dale Scott on Guns and Butter. Mike Lofgren shares his views on Bill Moyers below.