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Entry from October 12, 2016
Deep State (state within a state)

Entry in progress—B.P.

Wikipedia: Deep state in the United States
Writers, journalists, political scientists and political activists in the United States have for decades expressed concerns about the existence of a deep state or state within a state, which they suspect secretly controls public policy, regardless of which party controls the country’s democratic institutions.

According to Philip Giraldi, the nexus of power is centered on the military–industrial complex, intelligence community, and Wall Street, while Bill Moyers points to plutocrats and oligarchs. Professor Peter Dale Scott also mentions “big oil” as a key player, while David Talbot focuses on national security officials, especially Allen Dulles. Mike Lofgren, an ex-Washington staffer who has written a book on the issue, includes Silicon Valley, along with “key elements of government” and Wall Street, but emphasizes the non-conspiratorial nature of the “state”.

OCLC WorldCat record
Deep state
Author: Walter Jon Williams
Publisher: New York : Orbit, 2011.
Edition/Format: Print book : Fiction : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
Database: WorldCat
Summary:
Dagmar Shaw, a designer of alternate-reality games, begins to question her own motives when she is asked to be the Puppetmaster to a group of soldiers engaged in an all-too-real war.

OCLC WorldCat record
Deep state : inside the government secrecy industry
Author: Marc Ambinder; D B Grady
Publisher: Hoboken, New Jersey : Wiley, [2013] ©2013
Edition/Format: Print book : English
Database: WorldCat
Summary:
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.

OCLC WorldCat record
The American deep state : Wall Street, big oil, and the attack on U.S. democracy
Author: Peter Dale Scott
Publisher: Lanham ; Boulder ; New York ; London : Rowman & Littlefield, [2015]
Series: War and peace library.
Edition/Format: Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Database: WorldCat
Summary:
Scott marshals convincing evidence for an American deep state, institutionalized in non-accountable intelligence agencies and private corporations. When the influence of Wall Street and international oil are added, the author argues that these powerful interests form a supranational state, repeatedly at odds with U.S. policies and interests.

OCLC WorldCat record
Deep state. Volume one, Darker side of the moon
Author: Justin Jordan; Ariela Kristantina; Ben Wilsonham; Eric Harburn
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA : Boom! Studios, 2015.
Edition/Format: Print book : Fiction : English
Database: WorldCat
Summary:
“John Harrow doesn’t exist, and his job is to make sure that other things don’t exist, too. At any given time, the government is running dozens of black book operations, experiments that aren’t on any official record and are never acknowledged to exist. Some of these are innocuous. Some of them are monstrous beyond reason. And most of the time, they go as expected and the public is never the wiser. Most of the time. John Harrow’s job is to handle them when things go wrong, and do anything to make sure the government’s secrets stay just that--secret"--Provided by publisher.

OCLC WorldCat record
The deep state : the fall of the constitution and the rise of a shadow government
Author: Mike Lofgren
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, 2016.
Edition/Format: Print book : English
Database: WorldCat
Summary:
“An acerbic, no holds barred indictment of business as usual in Washington, DC--where our elected leaders provide a fig leaf for those who really hold the levers of power--by a 28-year veteran of the Hill, the bestselling author of The Party Is Over Have you ever noticed that behind all the mud-slinging and invective there isn’t much difference between the parties? For all of his big talk and promises of change, Obama is basically Bush lite. And Hillary--or Jeb--will be more of the same. We spend ten times more on the political circus leading up to elections than any other country, but what are we getting for all of that money? The truth, as Mike Lofgren reveals in this devastating takedown of beltway business, is that our elected leaders provide a fig leaf for those who really hold the levers of power, the unelected functionaries of our ever-growing bureaucracies who decide America’s defense, intelligence, and foreign policy and the corporate titans who control them. If it sounds like House of Cards it’s because there is more truth to that than you might care to believe. Mike Lofgren draws on his three decades on the Hill to take you behind the scenes and map out where ower is really held in Washington, in the bowels of what he calls “the deep state.”

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityGovernment/Law/Politics/Military • Wednesday, October 12, 2016 • Permalink