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"I have been analyzing American history in the light of what I have called structural deep events: events, like the JFK assassination, the Watergate break-in, Iran-Contra, or 9/11, which repeatedly involve law-breaking or violence, are mysterious to begin with, are embedded in ongoing covert processes, have political consequences that enlarge covert government, and are subsequently covered up by systematic falsifications in the mainstream media and internal government records." - Peter Dale Scott

"Key congressional leaders say they didn't know George Walker Bush established a "shadow government," moving dozens of senior civilian managers to secret underground locations outside Washington to ensure that the federal government could survive a devastating terrorist attack on the nation's capital" - Washington Post, Saturday edition

The Secret Government: Bill Moyers (1987)

The Secret Government

Vote all you want. The secret government won't change.

The Hidden Government Group Linking
JFK, Watergate, Iran-Contra and 9/11

Want to Understand the Deep State?
Here is Your Deep, Deep State

The Doomsday Project and Deep Events:
JFK, Watergate, Iran-Contra, and 9/11

'Shadow Government' News To Congress

Shadow Government Is at Work in Secret


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The Shadow Government

It is becoming increasingly apparent to American citizens that government is no longer being conducted in accordance with the U.S. Constitution, or, within states, according to state constitutions. While people have recognized for more than 150 years that the rich and powerful often corrupt individual officials, or exert undue influence to get legislation passed that favors their interests, most Americans still cling to the naive belief that such corruption is exceptional, and that most of the institutions of society, the courts, the press, and law enforcement agencies, still largely comply with the Constitution and the law in important matters. They expect that these corrupting forces are disunited and in competition with one another, so that they tend to balance one another.

Mounting evidence makes it clear that the situation is far worse than most people think, that during the last several decades the U.S. Constitution has been effectively overthrown, and that it is now observed only as a façade to deceive and placate the masses. What has replaced it is what many call the Shadow Government. It still, for the most part, operates in secret, because its control is not secure. The exposure of this regime and its operations must now become a primary duty of citizens who still believe in the Rule of Law and in the freedoms which this country is supposed to represent.

America's $320 Billion Shadow Government

Continuity of Government:
Is the State of Emergency Superseding our Constitution?

The 9/11 Plan:
Cheney, Rumsfeld and the "Continuity of Government"



Abdulrahman Anwar al-Awlaki

16-year-old Abdulrahman Anwar al-Awlaki was assassinated while eating dinner by a CIA drone airstrike in Yemen on October 14, 2011.

Anwar al-Awlaki, an American/Yemeni imam and Islamic lecturer, was assassinated by an armed CIA drone two weeks prior to the death of his son.

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General Wesley Clark explains Libyan invasion,
Syria, Somalia planned years in advance


Historical Roots of the US "War on Terrorism":
The Pathology of a Single Superpower. NATO and Beyond


The Long War Journal

Mission: The Long War Journal is dedicated to providing original and accurate reporting and analysis of the Long War (also known as the Global War on Terror). This is accomplished through its programs of embedded reporters, news and news aggregation, maps, podcasts, and other multimedia formats.

Kilcullen's Long War

"Military intellectuals envision a prolonged cold war against Al Qaeda, with hot wars along the way. It happens that the Long War is over Muslim lands rich with oil, natural gas and planned pipelines. " - Tom Hayden

The 'Long War' quagmire

"Without public debate and without congressional hearings, a segment of the Pentagon and fellow travelers have embraced a doctrine known as the Long War, which projects an "arc of instability" caused by insurgent groups from Europe to South Asia that will last between 50 and 80 years. According to one of its architects, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan are just "small wars in the midst of a big one." - Tom Hayden

Washington gets explicit: its 'war on terror' is permanent

"Last October, senior Obama officials anonymously unveiled to the Washington Post their newly minted "disposition matrix", a complex computer system that will be used to determine how a terrorist suspect will be "disposed of": indefinite detention, prosecution in a real court, assassination-by-CIA-drones, etc." - Glenn Greewald

Global Counterinsurgency: Strategic Clarity for the Long War

Fire and Forget: Short stories from the Long War

America's resumption of 'the long war'

Unfolding the Future of the Long War

A Setback in the Long War

The 7 Blind men and the US Elephant

1960 There are more police officers than hired security guards in America.


1969 Richard Milhouse Nixon appoints Donald Henry Rumsfeld to head the Office of Economic Opportunity, which was responsible for overseeing the "War on Poverty". Richard Nixon wanted the agency restructured, and Donald Henry Rumsfeld, with the assistance of his chief aide, Richard Bruce Cheney, quickly began bringing in management contractors to do the work of the agency's top civil servants.

"Don found himself with a bureaucracy that hated him. He was forced to seek outside help. I remember Don reciting to me the Al Smith statement, 'If I don't look to my friends for help, who do I look to, my enemies?'" - Richard Bruce Cheney

Frank Carlucci succeeds Donald Henry Rumsfeld and later becomes Defense secretary for Ronald Reagan.

1971 Frank Carlucci tells Congress that he is dramatically curtailing the agency's spending on management contractors.

"We did not think we were getting our money's worth." - Frank Carlucci

1976 Daniel Guttman and Barry Willner write The Shadow Government. Decision-making authority as well as actual services are being outsourced to high-priced consultants, secretive think tanks, and corporate vested interests - accountable to no one! Using a process' cloaked in contractual and other formal approvals by the various executive departments a drive to merge government and business interests began as early as 1969.



1980s Ronald Reagan created a presidential commission on privatization to study how the boundary between public and private might be erased giving private interests more opportunity to move into traditionally government roles. The same idea surfaces in the "re-inventing government" movement taken up by the Bill Clinton administration: "We would do well," one proponent wrote, "to glory in the blurring of public and private and not keep trying to draw a disappearing line in the water."

Privatization has affected every aspect of American public life since then. The most visible surge in government outsourcing has come in the realm of the military. Purportedly acute manpower shortages has America hiring private companies to perform duties reserved in the past for the American military. America now has over 40 corporations that provide mercenaries.

Nearly every facet of "personal security" is now in the hands of private business.

2003 3,512 security contracts for domestic security functions.

2006 In the 22 month period ending in August the Department of Homeland Security has issued more than 115,000 security related contracts.

It was not until the mid–19th century that America's urban governments, by setting up local police forces, began to make an ordinary person's safety a matter of state responsibility. No one with wealth relies on state guarantees of security any longer. People have wealth have withdrawn into protected walled enclaves.

One of the chief obligations of any government is simply to dispense justice - to resolve disputes, oversee legal business, mete out punishment. These functions were once held in private hands. After a stint as a social responsibility, they are now migrating back. Lawyers and clients increasingly shun the civil courts - congested, expensive, fickle - and instead buy themselves some private arbitration, provided by a growing cadre of profitable "rent a judge" companies.

As for the criminal justice system, those sentenced to prison may very well do their time in a private facility, run on behalf of state and federal governments and operated by a company with some former public official in its management to grease the wheels. Faced with rising numbers of inmates, and unwilling to raise taxes to build more public prisons, governments at all levels have found that the easy, cost effective way is to turn the prison industry over to the private sector - companies such as the behemoth Nashville based Corrections Corporation of America.

America's public colleges and universities are fast losing their public character. These institutions were created under the terms of an act signed by Abraham Lincoln in 1862, providing federal land grants to the states as a basis for public financing of higher education. Nationwide, state legislatures are picking up only about two-thirds of the annual cost of public higher education. For the University of Illinois, the figure is 25 percent. For the University of Michigan, it's 18 percent.

What makes up the difference in funding? To a large degree it's money from private donors and private corporations, creating an incipient "academic-industrial complex" at public and private institutions alike. At the University of California at Berkeley, one administrator is officially known as the Bank of America Dean of the Haas School of Business. Much money for universities comes with strings attached — for instance, the power to push research in certain directions and perhaps away from others, and the ownership of patents deriving from sponsored research.

Sociologists have a term for what is occurring: they call it the "externalization of state functions." Water and sewage systems are being privatized, as are airports and highways and public hospitals. Voucher programs and charter schools are a way of shifting education toward the private sector. The protection of nuclear waste is in private hands. Meat inspection is done largely by the meatpacking companies themselves. The privatization of terminal operations at American ports began three decades ago and 80 percent of them were already operated by foreign companies, the largest of which is Chinese.

Serious proposals to privatize portions of Social Security have been on the table, and Obamacare effectively puts an enormous government program into the hands of private insurance and drug companies. Many governmnet services now charge user fees. Detailed statistical data were once freely available to everyone as public information but now that information must be purchased ffrom a private corporate public information provider.

The vaults of the Smithsonian were once open to documentary film makers regardless of provenance and financing. Now an agreement between the Smithsonian and the cable company Showtime has created something called the Smithsonian Channel, which has jurisdiction over, and priority access to, certain kinds of material.

A considerable amount of tax collection is now done, in effect, by casinos; rather than raise taxes to pay for services, legislatures legalize gambling and then take a rake-off from the profits earned by private casino companies. It's "tax farming" for the modern age, recalling the hated Roman practice of selling the right to collect taxes to private individuals (including the apostle Matthew in the Gospels), who were then allowed to keep anything over what they had agreed to collect for the government.

As the recent revelations about torture have made clear, even official interrogations for national security purposes have been outsourced - in this instance to other countries through the process known as "extraordinary rendition."

The sale of naming rights for public facilities and other amenities attracts notice mostly for the ungainly nomenclature that results - mutants such as the Mitsubishi Wild Wetland Trail, at the New York Botanical Garden, in the Bronx, and Whataburger Field, in Corpus Christi.

To attract more corporate underwriting, the Department of the Interior has proposed that America's national parks be liberally opened up to the sale of naming rights. No one is suggesting that there will soon be a J. Crew Cape Cod National Seashore. But might there be a Sherwin-Williams Painted Desert Trailhead?

An analyst at Johns Hopkins observes, "Contractors have become so big and entrenched that it's a fiction that the government maintains any control."

One obvious recent example is the rebuilding effort in Iraq. There may have been no alternative to giving the reconstruction job in Iraq to private corporations, including giant combines such as Bechtel and Halliburton, but the result has been an effort that defies management or accountability. The evidence of widespread corruption in the Iraq rebuilding effort is beyond dispute.

Corruption aside, private companies are exempt from many regulations that would apply to government agencies. The records of private companies can't be obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. They can use foreign subsidiaries to avoid laws meant to restrain American companies. Before the war, Halliburton itself used subsidiaries to do business with Iran, Iraq, and Libya, despite official American trade sanctions against all three countries.

More and more secret intelligence work — translation, airborne surveillance, computing, interrogation, analysis, reporting, briefing—is being outsourced to private entities. Not only is the intelligence community becoming further fragmented, but, because the new jobs pay so well, a "spy drain" is drawing officers out of the public sector and into the private market. The drain isn't restricted to spies: at least 90 former top officials at the Department of Homeland Security and the White House Office of Homeland Security are now working for private companies in the domestic-security business.

Meanwhile, the government seems poised to turn the job of border police over to multi-national contractors, a task that will in turn be subcontracted out to dozens of smaller companies. Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Boeing, and Northrop Grumman were among the corporations submited bids to build a high-tech "virtual fence" along the Mexican border, with an array of motion detectors, satellite monitors, and aerial drones which Boeing eventually won.

A Homeland Security official conceded the abdication of government leadership, saying to the corporation, "We're asking you to come back and tell us how to do our business."

One study from the late 1990s suggests that the "privatization rate" — the rate at which public functions are being outsourced — is roughly doubling every year. On paper the federal workforce nationwide, leaving the military aside, appears to total about two million people. If you add in all the people in the private sector doing essentially government jobs with federal grants and contracts, then the figure rises by 10.5 million. The commercialization of government probably explains why so many Washington entities are now referred to as shops: "lobby shop," "counterterrorism shop." There's no question that in certain ways the private sector can outperform the public sector. Users of Federal Express, U.P.S., and DHL would sooner renounce citizenship than go back to relying only on the US Postal Service. The problem is the cumulative effect of privatization across the board — projected out over decades, over a century, over two — and the leaching of management capacity from government. The activities of government are, in effect, being franchised out.

You can't help lingering over the concept of "franchise." The word originally had to do with notions of political freedom and social responsibility. Derived from the Old French word franc, meaning "free," it later came to be associated with the most fundamental political freedom of all: to exercise your franchise meant to exercise your right to vote. Only much later, in the mid–20th century, did the idea of being granted "certain rights" acquire its commercial connotation: the right to market a company's services or products, such as fried chicken or Tupperware. Today, to have a franchise on something is in effect to have control over it." - adapted from Cullen Murphy


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