The American Deep State: Wall Street, Big Oil, and the Attack on U.S. Democracy
a book by Peter Dale Scott
(our site's book review)
According to the publisher, the book makes a compelling case for a hidden “deep state” that influences and often opposes official U.S. policies. (Another name for deep state is shadow government.) Prominent political analyst Peter Dale Scott begins by tracing America’s increasing militarization, restrictions on constitional rights, and income disparity since the Vietnam War. He argues that a significant role in this historic reversal was the intervention of a series of structural deep events, ranging from the assassination of President Kennedy to 9/11. Scott does not attempt to resolve the controversies surrounding these events, but he shows their significant points in common, ranging from their overlapping personnel and modes of operation to shared sources of funding. Behind all of these commonalities is what Scott calls the deep state: a second order of government, behind the public or constitutional state, that has grown considerably stronger since World War II. He offers convincing evidence that the deep state is partly institutionalized in non-accountable intelligence agencies like the CIA and NSA, but it also includes private corporations like Booz Allen Hamilton and SAIC.
"Scott picks up where the pioneering C. Wright Mills left off, shining a light on the dark labyrinth of power—a shadow world that has only grown more arrogant and wedded to state violence since the days of the ‘power elite’ and the 'military-industrial complex.'"—David Talbot, Salon
The book is shining a bright, penetrating light on the dark labyrinth of power—a shadow world that has only grown more arrogant and wedded to state violence
The Deep State refers to a parallel secret government, organized by the intelligence and security apparatus, financed by drugs, and engaging in illicit violence, to protect the status and interests of the military against threats from intellectuals, religious groups, and occasionally the constitutional government.
The influence of the deep state, or more accurately what Scott calls the American war machine, has continued to increase, as evidenced by the extent to which Obama, despite his campaign rhetoric, has continued to expand the scope of secrecy in US government, and especially to punish whistle-blowers. Obama's merciless campaign against Wikileaks and Julian Assange, who has not been charged yet with any crime, is without precedent in the history of the United States. Apparently, the deep state’s fear of exposure is related to its awareness that U.S. war policies are increasingly at odds with reality.
Scott says that "I suspect that the deep forces dominating both political parties are now so powerful, so affluent, and above all so invested in the profits from war-making, that a president is farther than ever from challenging this power – even as it becomes more and more clear that America’s era of world dominance, like Britain’s before it, is drawing to a close."
As Publishers Weekly says, Scott's book shows with tons of evidence "that our current political climate truly is a toxic one in dire need of fixing. He offers a handful of suggestions for doing exactly this in the closing pages of this alarming and thought-provoking work."
The Internet has made it easier than before for people to unite, both nationally and internationally, but technology has also refined instruments of top-down surveillance and repression
Scott says that major social change is possible when oppression leads to the formation of a united public opinion – or what he calls a prevailable will of the people – to oppose this oppression. He points to examples such as the civil rights movement in the American south. Although technological developments such as the Internet have made it easier than before for people to unite, both nationally and internationally, technology has also refined instruments of top-down surveillance and repression, making successful activist mobilization more difficult than before. So "the future is very uncertain; one can say only that the present global system is more unstable than it has been, and that some kind of showdown is likely to change it. I do believe however that this is a very exciting time in which to live. Young people should continue as they have been to join the movements for social change, and to create new venues for global exchange. And above all, there is no excuse for despair."
The unelected elites are the lords of secrecy—they are unaccountable, secret, and beyond our reach, yet they run things
Politics do not work the way one is taught they work in university—Scott’s well-researched facts, cold and hard, challenge and contradict the accounts given to the public by politicians and academics alike
Anyone who reads Scott’s work will have to come to terms with the fact that both domestic and international politics do not work the way one is taught they work in university. The facts, cold and hard, challenge and contradict the accounts given to the public by politicians and academics alike. This book gives a depressing (because it is true) tour of the secret and dark forces which have placed the United States on the disastrous path of a permanent warfare state—hardly the democracy we all signed up for. (See Democracy—an American Delusion.) Encompassing the interface between big oil and Wall Street interests and the Central Intelligence Agency, these dark forces, operating at times beyond the purview of State Department and Congressional control, have contributed to destabilizing coups, a flourishing of the world drug traffic and large scale bloodbaths like the Indonesian genocide of 1965. But "the CIA would not be able to get away with the things it gets away with if it wasn’t fulfilling the desires of Wall Street." Interestingly, the author draws many parallels between the JFK assassination and 9/11. See The Secret History of the American Empire: Economic Hit Men, Jackals, and the Truth about Global Corruption.
The official version of 9/11 stinks as bad as the version where an alien zaps the buildings from a saucer
9/11 terrorist attack
A catastrophic and catalyzing event (9/11), like the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, came to pass at precisely the moment Bush wanted it!
Peter Dale Scott is a former Canadian diplomat, poet and professor emeritus of English at the University of California at Berkeley
Scott says the goal in 2001 was to create a “new Pearl Harbor” to justify ambitious neoconservative plans for expanding American military power in the Middle East and for suspending the U.S. Constitution. He continues to avoid the elephant in the room, however, whereby building 7 of the World Trade Center collapsed in freefall into its own footprint and the explanation was that a minority of the floors had office fires. One needn't be an engineer to see that such an explanation is ridiculous and impossible. Fires such as these do not melt huge steel beams. The metal skeleton would have remained standing if the office fires were the actual culprit. The WTC7 videos are indisputable proof that the building was brought down by controlled demolition. Perhaps the author's blindness to the elephant in the room is explained by the fact that he had little experience with building things with his hands—he was used to building things only with his mind. Scott is a former Canadian diplomat, poet and professor emeritus of English at the University of California at Berkeley—hardly relevant training for engineering. At least the author acknowledges that the twin towers actually collapsing would not be consistent with a sole cause of planes hitting them. True, but nothing hit WTC7! See 9/11 Ten Years Later: When State Crimes against Democracy Succeed.
The original WTC investigators test the official story of neatly pancaking floors—note that because they're blind, they're unable to hit the pancakes—or even melt the butter
According to Bush, reading stories is more important than terrorists attacking our cities
According to washingtonsblog.com (Charles Hugh Smith), "Our best hope for a productive outcome is that the cadre of those inside the Deep State Network who grasp the self-defeating nature of repression will gain influence over their repression-obsessed peers." Scott says that "We’re in a period of, you might say, surplus repression—repression that doesn’t serve anyone’s interests, not even the interests of the ruling class." He says that a successful anti-war movement would mean that America would have to get out of the business of war. And that was, I think, an intolerable thought for them. War gets oligarchs richer—they love it. It also makes empire building neocons happy since it gives them more control—IF it works right (which it hasn't in Latin America and the mideast). See The Neoconserative Threat to World Order: America's Perilous War for Hegemony and Battlefield America: The War On the American People and Alvin Toffler’s “PowerShift” … 25 Core Assumptions and The Rise of the American Corporate Security State.
Why military-industrial complex oligarchs love war
- Shadow Government: Surveillance, Secret Wars, and a Global Security State in a Single-Superpower World
- When Corporations Rule the World
- The Rise of the American Corporate Security State
- The Secret History of the American Empire: Economic Hit Men, Jackals, and the Truth about Global Corruption
- Losing Our Way: An Intimate Portrait of a Troubled America
- The Crash of 2016: The Plot to Destroy America--and What We Can Do to Stop It
- The Deep State: The Fall of the Constitution and the Rise of a Shadow Government
- National Security and Double Government
- A Game As Old As Empire: The Secret World of Economic Hit Men and the Web of Global Corruption
- Hoodwinked: An Economic Hit Man Reveals Why the Global Economy IMPLODED -- and How to Fix It
Various authors see the shadow government from various perspectives—like the blind men and the elephant, but the overall gist is creepily similar